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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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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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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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SPNL First Lodge and Hima Farm at Tyre

Since the inception of SPNL in 1984, the Saidi family placed its Tyre residence and gardens at the disposal of SPNL management and staff.  It was from this hub the last and most beautiful sandy beach was proclaimed a protected area. It was from this hub SPNL was able to stop the transfer of sand from this beach through the interference …

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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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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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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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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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Mohamed bin Zayed establishes Raptor Conservation Foundation

A new foundation for the conservation of raptors (birds of prey) has been established by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, it has been announced. The Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Foundation has been launched with an endowment of US$20 million. Its first …

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