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Barbara Municipality Initiative to Protect Lebanese Partridge

The Barbara municipality launched a new environmental initiative to free Lebanese Partridge to nature. Birds don’t belong in cages or in our homes, and the Barbara municipality is proving that a lot can be done to protect the wild birds. The event witnessed the attendance of SPNL advisor, Ornithologist Dr. Ghassan Jaradi, and Dr. Manal Nader from the Institute of the Environment …

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World Wildlife Day: Involving communities in sustainable management

UN Environment, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED), today launched a report proposing more action and stronger community voice on approaches to involve indigenous peoples and local communities in the fight against wildlife crime, including the illegal wildlife trade.   ’Wildlife, Wild livelihoods’ outlines eight actions points …

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Rewrite the bird books: new breeding site found for one of world’s rarest birds

The White-winged Flufftail (Critically Endangered) has just been confirmed to be breeding in South Africa – not only Ethiopia as previously thought – thanks to a discovery by BirdLife South Africa’s hidden camera traps. This sheds new light on the bird’s conservation. By Jessica Law Everything we thought we knew about the White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi has been shaken up by recent …

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Red List: Which birds are most in need of our help?

You may have read about the recent Red List update over the past month. In full, it’s called the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, and BirdLife International is the authority for birds, coordinating the process of evaluating all of the world’s bird species against the Red List categories and criteria in order to assess …

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The Eurasian Skylark still faces a number of threats in Lebanon

By Fouad Itani The Eurasian Skylark is a small passerine bird from the Alaudidae family. It measures 18 cm in length, with a wingspan of 39 cm, and an average weight of 40 g. Like most larks, the Eurasian Skylark is a brown to sandy grey bird, it has a buff breast with dark streaks, a white belly, and a …

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Red List 2017: seabirds starving, songbirds trapped, hope for pelican and kiwis

overfishing and climate change are pushing seabirds such as Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet closer to extinction, according to the latest update on the conservation status of the world’s birds by BirdLife International for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. By Shaun Hurrell On land, the Snowy Owl is also struggling to find food in the North American Arctic.The …

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The Northern Bald Ibis: recent sightings have confirmed that a few birds still remain.

The Northern Bald Ibis is a critically endangered species that is highly social and congregates in large flocks. At one time two separate populations existed– a non-migratory Northern African/European population and a migratory Middle-eastern population. It has been of special focus of both European Zoos and US Zoos to keep a healthy captive population with the intent of preserving the …

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Female Woodpecker is waiting for her mate in Bioland Farm in Batroun

The camera of professor Ghassan Ramadan Jaradi- Ornithologist and SPNL advisor spotted this female Woodpecker in Bioland Farm in Seghar Batroun District, North Lebanon. This bird was freed by President Michel Aoun’s special assistant Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz, during the launching of the roadmap for sustainable hunting in Lebanon last month. Woodpecker is registred extinct in Lebanon in IUCN red list, and we hope that a nice …

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Action to save vultures will protect human health, say experts

A multinational plan to thwart the sudden and severe decline in vultures across Africa, Asia and Europe will be presented at a major summit on migratory species this month. Experts estimate the majority of African-Eurasian Vultures are critically endangered and at “very high risk” of extinction in the wild, mainly due to poisoning. Unless effective conservation measures are implemented, there …

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The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)

By Fouad Itani   The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater is a richly colored bird from the Meropidae family. It measures 30 cm in length, with a wingspan of 47 cm, and an average weight of 45 g. It is predominantly bright green, with contrasting blue cheeks, black eye stripe, a yellow throat, a brown upper breast, and rusty brown underwings. It possesses two elongated …

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