The future of Liberia’s Gola National Forest, a large block of evergreen and semi-deciduous rainforest that stretches into neighbouring Sierra Leone, was, until now, far from secure. This vital area, which forms part of the largest remnants of the Guinean Forest, has been severely threatened by a number of factors, such as mining and quarrying, charcoal production and bushmeat hunting.
In 2013, fishermen on board two fishing fleets set out from Walvis Bay in Namibia, hauling out nets and lines as per usual. Unbeknownst to them, they would return into port for the final time that year with a death toll totalling around 30,000 seabirds accidentally killed.
“It’s really sad to see a drowned bird, especially the big ones, because you know their long life cycle, that they have chicks waiting for them on nests,” remembers Clemens Naomab, BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force Coordinator in Namibia. “And that it can be avoided by simple measures.”
The Beach-nesting Birds team at Birdlife Australia are organising a special day to celebrate plovers around the world: Plover Appreciation Day.
We are eager to make this an international event, to celebrate not only Australian plovers, but plovers across the globe, to help raise awareness about these special, and often vulnerable, birds.
Children all over Europe and Central Asia are now having these kinds of thoughts as they wave goodbye to Barn Swallows, which are beginning to gather before theuir annual migrations south. This also marks another successful season of Spring Alive, a BirdLife educational project that encourages children and adults to take care of the migratory birds they learn about.
Eleven of the world’s leading conservation organisations, including BirdLife International and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), announced an ambitious new partnership to identify, map, monitor and conserve the most important places for life on earth. No matter where we are from on this planet, we speak a common language: the language of nature. From Pacific reefs to Siberian tundra, nature is key to our lives, so it makes sense that this importance is recognised equitably worldwide.
The congress will take place between 16th – 21st October 2016 at Dakar, Senegal. The theme for this year’s Congress is Global challenges: threats and opportunities for birds in Africa and we look forward to welcoming you to Senegal in October.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress starts today in Hawai’i. Eleven of the world’s leading environmental organisations pledge to use new “common language” to map and save important nature on Earth.
With the theme ‘Planet at the crossroads’, the Congress will tackle the current clash of immediate human needs with their long-term impacts on the planet’s capacity to support life, by bringing together great minds to find sustainable solutions. Full story here.
South Africa plays host to an incredible array of bird species and spectacular landscapes, many of which are under threat. Candice Stevens, BirdLife South Africa’s Biodiversity Stewardship Fiscal Benefits Project Manager, believes that we need to use every means at our disposal to secure the future of our natural wealth. Full story here.
No, not an African project, but perhaps an object lesson for African countries, and indeed all of us. Local people of Baja California Sur seem to have taking a liking to the vivid colours of Belding’s Yellowthroat, an increasingly rare sight there. They are now getting involved in the business of ecotourism. Find out how avian research is saving species in this Mexican state here.