The Mediterranean Basin is the second largest “biodiversity hotspot” in the world, supporting 10% of the world’s plants (about 25,000 species), almost 300 mammal species (38 terrestrial endemics), 534 bird species (63 endemic species), 622 freshwater fish species, and 308 reptile species (almost 40% being endemic).
The Afrikaans name for the Cape Gannet Morus capensis is “Malgas”, meaning “mad goose”. This makes sense when you see this large seabird on the ground. Their ungainly waddle, coupled with the difficulty they have in taking off when there isn’t any wind, does appear quite comical. But at sea and they are different birds entirely. When feeding, they plunge into the water like arrows, to depths of up to 20 metres.
Eight Greater spotted Eagles tagged in southern Belarus started their autumn migration in September. Belarus, after Russia, is the second most important country in the world for Greater spotted eagles with some 120-160 pairs.
ABC has received a request for help from the Nigerian Atlas organisers as follows:
As the day drew to a close, the orange light reflecting from the Atlantic seemed to soften the texture of the sun-baked Moroccan cliffs. The Northern Bald Ibis were perched on a couple of sloping, sandstone ledges, an entire colony of about 20 settling in for the night, low squawks and rustles heard above the scouring waves only a few metres below.
The Cyamudongo forest in south west Rwanda is a small patch of dense forest covering 412 hectares of land near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. It is part of Nyungwe National Park.
The Mara Wetland in Tanzania is a swamp dominated by Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) which provides a vast range of ecosystem services. In 2017, Birdlife International through the Sustainable use of critical wetlands in the Lake Victoria Basin project, supported two local conservation groups, the North Mara and South Mara Water Users Association to establish two Weavers Groups (Marasibora and Kwisaro Weavers Groups) in an effort to advance their skills and knowledge in the development of papyrus products, which provides them with an alternative source of income.
Very recently in Manila, at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the BirdLife Partnership presented its latest publication on the illegal killing of birds in Europe – ‘The Killing 2.0 – A View to a Kill’.
Starting a career in conservation can be a difficult undertaking. Often there is a requirement to have several degrees, work and field experience and opportunities for paid internships are rare. During the CLP internships, however, the young people who are just starting out in their careers get the opportunity to learn the ropes of BirdLife and produce relevant and applicable results.
New research has found that nearly half of the earth’s highly threatened vertebrates live on islands – and two thirds of them overlap with invasive species. With this information, we’re better equipped than ever before to focus conservation where it’s most needed. Like Gough Island, where removing invasive mice could save six threatened bird species in one go. Read about this fascinating study here.