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Record-breaking 10 million points for seabird conservation

Today we celebrate World Oceans Day as we finally reach 10 million – not dollars, pounds or euros – but valuable data points in the Seabird Tracking Database. Discover how this inspiring international collaboration enables scientists and policy-makers to better understand and protect seabirds. By Maria Dias Seabirds undertake some of the most incredible migratory journeys in the world. Take …

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Meet The Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

By Fouad Itani The Eurasian Spoonbill is a large wading bird from the Threskiornithidae family. It measures 85 cm in length, with a wingspan of 120 cm, and an average weight of 1500 g. The Eurasian Spoonbill has a distinctive long spatulate rigged black bill with yellow tip, pure white plumage, red eyes, and black feet. Both sexes are similar, with …

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Evidence of Eurasian Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus breeding in Lebanon

GHASSAN RAMADAN-JARADI, FOUAD ITANI & ASSAD SERHAL Eurasian Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus is a summer breeder in Turkey (Kirwan et al 1998, Boyla 2016), a resident breeder in Cyprus (BirdLife International 2015), summer breeding visitor and passage migrant in Syria (Murdoch & Betton 2008), scarce summer breeder in Jordan (Andrews et al 1999) and passage migrant, common resident and common …

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Beautiful. Inspiring. Under threat: #ProtectAPenguin

10 of the world’s 18 species of penguin are threatened with extinction. Discover where they live, and the threats they face, in this illustrated list of the world’s species By Alex Dale Beautiful. Inspiring. Under threat. The first third of our Protect A Penguin campaign tagline is self-explanatory. Beautiful. Even if you’ve got a heart as hard as a cement …

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Meet the Curlews the largest waders from the Scolopacidae family to occur in Lebanon

By Fouad Itani Curlews are the largest waders from the Scolopacidae family to occur in Lebanon. They are given their name by their loud and distinctive “curl-ooo” call they produce. Two species have been recorded in the country so far ; The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus),and the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata). They measure 55 cm in length, with a wingspan of …

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US desert songbirds at risk in a warming climate

Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert of the southwestern United States are putting songbirds at greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs, according to a new study. Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) — a land-surface modeling effort maintained …

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10 amazing birds that have gone extinct

By Irene Lorenzo BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published  by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world’s passerines (perching birds), and completes the most exhaustive illustrated checklist of birds ever compiled, with stunning, full-colour portraits …

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Saving the Egyptian Vulture – Have your say!

By Stoyan Nikolov As part of the EU LIFE+ project ‘The Return of the Neophron’, a public consultation exercise on its proposed ‘Flyway Action Plan’ (EVFAP) has been launched to save the Egyptian Vulture. Stoyan Nikolov explains how – and why – citizens should take this opportunity to participate and have their say. There was a time when the striking …

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Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from deforestation

by Bruno Martin Research in the Amazon suggests that loss of birds through deforestation prevents the recovery of rainforests, due to birds’ roles in the ecosystem. Biodiversity is essential for the health and resilience of tropical forests, and birds are a prime example. They provide a range of ‘biodiversity services’ through their interaction with other species in the ecosystem, for …

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Gulls

By Fouad Itani Gulls are small to large seabirds of the Laridae family, many of which also live inland. They have heavy bodies with long slim wings, long necks, long bills, and webbed feet. Gulls can fly exceptionally well and they also swim buoyantly and posses strong legs, which give them reasonably good mobility on the ground. Their colors vary between white, …

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