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President Aoun launches new campaign to protect migratory birds

President Michel Aoun launched a new awareness campaign to protect migratory birds that cross through the Lebanese sky during the current season. Aoun stressed that strict laws should be enforced to the fullest to prohibit hunting these birds. Aoun’s words came during a press meeting at Baabda Palace today. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL, BirdLife …

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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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The reappearance of the Syrian Brown Bear in Lebanon

  By Fouad Itani  The Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) is the smallest subspecies of brown bears from the Ursidae family. It is native to the Middle East and the Caucasus and it is the only species of bears to have occurred in Lebanon. It has a stocky round build with long grey-brown fur. It has an average size …

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First breeding records of warblers, wheatear in Iraq

By Laith Ali Al-Obeidi In recent years, Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner) has recorded two breeding firsts in the country. In May 2012, I accompanied Richard Porter in bird surveys in Iraqi Kurdistan,in the ChamiRazan area northwest of the city of Sulaimani. It was here that we got our first sighting of Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus breeding; a pair were collecting …

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6 things you might have missed from the 2016 Red List

By Alex Dale,  ales of parrots in peril and giraffes in jeopardy dominated the headlines when the 2016 edition of the Red List was published last week. But while the plight of world-famous species inevitably catches the media’s eye, there are many other interesting and quirky stories that end up falling under the radar. This is an unavoidable consequence of …

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Birds in a changing world

By Ariel Brunner, Yesterday, I shared my impressions from the first day of the Bird Numbers 2016 conference and some first insights into the health of our continent emerging from the impressive body of data being put together by EBCC scientists and the thousands of volunteers counting birds around Europe. My first thought, at the end of a long day …

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Major breakthrough in fight to save Asian vultures from extinction

By Martin Fowlie A major step for the future of vultures in Asia has been announced by the Indian Ministry of Health. A ban of multi-dose vials of human formulations of diclofenac, which is responsible for the death of tens of millions of Asia’s vultures, has come into force with immediate effect. The painkiller was banned from veterinary use in …

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Saving the Egyptian Vulture: Mission still possible

By Stoyan Nikolov, Vultures may not be the prettiest of birds: They are often reviled for their looks, and are prone to illegal killing and poisoning, but it’s hard to argue against their usefulness. The Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), for example, feeds primarily on carcasses of dead animals. It is nature’s waste disposal service and plays a vital role in …

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Al Dichar site, a unique micro reserve for Iris Sofarana

Iris Sofarana is an endemic species of Mount Lebanon, which means it only naturally occurs in Mount Lebanon. It grows only on  a low herbaceous vegetarian and rocky slopes in mountainous regions between 1300 and 1700 meters of altitude. It was first described by Sir Michael Foster in 1889, an English physiologist with specimens collected around the village of Sofar. …

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Beirut hosts workshop to discuss responsible hunting areas in Lebanon

Lebanese Environment Forum (LEF) and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) organized a workshop in Beirut to discuss the objectives of a project to promote responsible hunting practices in Lebanon through awareness campaign by LEF NGOs, and initiating a pilot model Responsible Hunting Area – RHA. LEF has received a CEPF grant to promote responsible hunting …

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