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Migration Marathons: 7 unbelievable bird journeys

Around one in five of all the world’s bird species migrate. And while every migration is an epic and often perilous feat of endurance, here’s a selection of species that we feel go the extra mile. By Irene Lorenzo Ain’t no mountain high enough Species: Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus Distance travelled: 3,000-5,000 km No oxygen? No problem. These sturdy geese might …

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7 crafts to get kids into birding: from easy to expert

We’ve selected crafts from across the world that will delight children and benefit birds. From ten-minute fruit kebabs to a summer spent birdhouse building, we’ve got projects for every age and timespan: all you need to do is pick your skill level.   By Jessica Law Let’s face it: kids are much more likely to watch birds coming to a feeder …

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Birds’ hunger for insects may be too great

Birds’ hunger for insects may be unsustainable. The dwindling insect numbers available in parts of the world may not be enough for avian appetites, threatening the survival of some bird species, including ones which are essential for controlling pests. Scientists have just calculated one small but important portion of the global energy budget. They have established an estimate for the annual …

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Climate Change Is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon

Anne Barnard, the New York Times Beirut bureau chief for the past six years, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, went to Lebanon’s cedar forests to see how the trees are today.   BAROUK CEDAR FOREST, LEBANON — Walking among the cedars on a mountain slope in Lebanon feels like visiting the territory of primeval beings. Some of the oldest trees have …

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Fighting Land and Ecosystem Degradation in Lebanon

The largest Nature reserve in Lebanon (approx. 5% of the Territory) encompassing the best remaining strand of cedar forests where over 160 bird species

As a general methodology and for each sector or issue tackled, Support to Reforms – Environmental Governance (StREG) Programme carried out initial analysis, developed as necessary good practice guidelines, road maps, protocols or recommendations, and translated the latter into legislation. Protected Areas Lebanon boasts 15 protected areas covering 3% of the Lebanese territories. They are the main conservation tool in …

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New call for Large and Small grants in the Mediterranean Basin

On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new Call for Letters of Inquiry for large and small grants for the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot   CEPF and BirdLife International, as Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the hotspot, are inviting proposals in the form of Letters of Inquiry for large and small grants. Submission Deadline:  Friday 14th September 2018 …

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Give your organisation a boost: the Capacity Development Fund is now live

Our Capacity Development Fund is offering a range of grants for different sizes and types of project. If you think your organisation would benefit from improved organisational design, management and professional development for staff, then read on… By Kiragu Mwangi Welcome to the Capacity Development Fund’s first ever call for proposals. As part of a huge network spanning across the globe, we …

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Bird Your World: 12 simple actions that make life better for birds

As part of Year of the Bird, we’re encouraging nature lovers around the world to take small but meaningful actions every month that benefit nature. In this spirit, here are 12 simple steps you can encourage your friends and family to take to make the world a better place for birds. By Jessica Law – Birdlife.org 1. Fill your garden …

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AUB Botanical Garden Annual Spring Event: Bird Sanctuary

The American University of Beirut celebrated the Botanical Garden annual spring event: Bird Sanctuary, in a ceremony that gathered academies and members of the Lebanese Bird Coalition, and  Assad Serhal the managing director of SPNL-Society for the Protection of the Nature in Lebanon. As proposed by SPNL, AUB Botanical Garden is being managed by Dr. Salma Talhouk. Today AUB is a refuge …

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Mava M6 steering committee meet in Cordoba

On April 11, 12, & 13, 2018 Mava M6 steering committee meeting was held in Cordoba, Spain particularly in one of the Dehesas included in the Dehesa/Montado pilot site project. 8 Mediterranean partners participated in the meeting presenting the 4 pilot sites projects which are the Shouf Mountains in Lebanon, the Island of Lemnos in Greece, the High Atlas Mountains in …

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