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State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT)

SWOT — the State of the World’s Sea Turtles — is a partnership led by the Marine Species Flagship Program at the Oceanic Society and the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and supported by the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) at Duke University. Since 2008, MGEL has led the collection and management of sea turtle nesting data, in collaboration with the Marine Species …

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The top five threats to birds may surprise you

The top five threats to birds may surprise you One in eight bird species is in danger of extinction – but what are the main factors driving their decline? They might not be what you think. Read about the five biggest threats to bird biodiversity, and what’s being done to combat them. By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins Sometimes it’s easy to see …

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#SaveSalina : hotel complex threatens waterbird paradise

Ulcinj Salina is a traditional salt pan whose shallow waters feed and support more than 250 bird species. However, recent proposals to build a large-scale tourism resort threaten to obliterate it. By Janinka Lutze & Stefan Ferger Sign the petition here to help us save this unique wetland. Traditional salt pans are one of the rare examples of a man-made landscape that …

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Parasitic Birds and Parasitized Host Birds

“In a quiet lakeside forest The cuckoo is calling for you, ‘It’s time to wake up, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, ,,,” Most Japanese know the above song, which is sung over the melody of the worldwide popular nursery rhyme, “Incy Wincy Spider”.  I feel refreshed whenever I hum it in the morning, as it is really suitable for this …

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Little Bittern saved and released at Tyre Coast Nature Reserve

A Little bittern at Tyre Coast Nature Reserve was saved today by the reserve manager Hassan Hamzi and released at the reserve. This nature reserve of south Lebanon covers the best sandy beaches in the country. It was declared a wetland according to “Ramsar“ Agreement. The Tyre nature reserve is also an important resting ground for migratory birds that some …

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Lebanese Bird Conservation Coalition: Our struggle to protect natural heritage and biodiversity continues

In the last few days, there have been several reports of illegal massacres of migrant and locally breeding birds. These shooting incidents have been recorded from the north to the south of Lebanon and many places in-between.  Further to the fact that the hunting season is closed, many of the species being killed are not legal game species. Many of them are protected by international commitments, that Lebanon is currently failing to meet …

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Great White Pelican discovery in Turkey

A major stopover site of Europe’s Great White Pelicans has recently been discovered in Turkey. A count conducted by our Turkish partner Doğa Derneğishowed that more than 15,000 pelicans stop off at the Karacabey Floodplain to roost and feed during their spring migration. By Burak Özkırlı & Gui-Xi Young – Birdlife.org  The Sea of Marmara may be the smallest sea …

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World Migratory Bird Day – Lead Poisons Birds and People

“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation” is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018. Among the significant, but often underestimated threats to migratory birds across the African-Eurasian Flyways – the major bird migration corridors which links Europe, Africa and Western Asia – is lead poisoning. The UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of …

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Ground-breaking Arabic app brings birdwatching to a new generation

By Dima Obeidat While bird lovers in the Middle East have been enjoying the perks of smartphone technology for a long time now, few apps have focused on the region’s birds, and none of them were in Arabic. Until now. Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME), the organisation behind the new Birds of the …

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World Migratory Bird Day 2018: register your event

“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation” is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018. This year, the campaign will have a new global dimension, bringing together the world’s main migration corridors, also called flyways, for celebrations all across the world – and for the first time, with two peak campaign days in the year. As birds migrate during different …

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