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Bird that solved migration mystery now illegally killed on its journey

The White stork, known in folklore as the bringer of babies to new parents, played a fascinating role in the discovery of bird migration. But now its migration is plagued by illegal killing. BirdLife Partners along its route are working hard to prevent this – and you can help. The White Stork is one of seven flagship birds in our …

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Flight for Survival – Spring Migration 2019

By Gui-Xi Young This spring, BirdLife is telling the spectacular migratory stories of seven iconic birds – exposing the illegal threats they face along the African-Eurasian flyway. Are you ready to embark on nature’s most incredible journey? Join us as we follow our magnificent seven on their epic ‘Flight for Survival’. From the smallest songbirds to the most powerful birds of …

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Middle East nature fans welcome world’s first Arabic language birding app

By Dima Obeidat The world’s first Arabic birding app, launched by the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME), has been met with widespread excitement from nature enthusiasts in the region.  Thousands of people around the region have already downloaded the free app, which features pictures, descriptions of behaviour and samples of bird song. The Middle East is home to …

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Why we need birds (far more than they need us)

Can you imagine a world without birds? The benefits birds bring us aren’t just cultural. Birds play an essential role in the functioning of the world’s ecosystems, in a way that directly impacts human health, economy and food production – as well as millions of other species. Here’s how… By Jessica Law 1. Birds control pests Great Tit © Bildagentur …

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From local to global: BirdLife at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt

BirdLife has just returned from an intensive three weeks at the UN Biodiversity Conference of Parties in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where we showcased successful conservation projects and advocated for urgent action to further protect nature. Here are the highlights of our achievements. By Dena Cator & Noëlle Kümpel One of BirdLife’s largest delegations yet has just returned from an intensive …

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BirdLife, the world’s largest alliance for birds

Between the 2nd and 4th of December, the 64th meeting of the Global Council of BirdLife International was held in Cambridge. Read more: https://cienciadelsur.com/2018/12/07/ciencia-conservacion-birdlife-alianza-aves/

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Message from the Princess

Assad Serhal the Director General of SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon) received the following message from BirdLife’s Honorary President Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan: Dear Assad I hear from Patricia Zurita (BirdLife CEO) and then from Mr. Takuya Okada, a good friend, that you were to be a recipient of the MIDORI Prize. Many congratulations. I am delighted that the dedication …

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7 things we’re doing to protect migratory birds

This year, we held the first ever global summit for flyways conservation, uniting a panoply of countries and sectors. On World Migratory Bird Day, we’re sharing some of the most important decisions we made in order to ensure the miracle of migration will be there for future generations to enjoy. By Jessica Law Birds don’t stay put – that’s just …

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BirdLife Meeting 2018: A global partnership meets to discuss the next half-decade of conservation

Between September 26th-28th, over 200 members of the BirdLife family flocked to Wallonia, Belgium for the 2018 BirdLife General Partnership Meeting. Held every five years, these landmark meetings are where we gather to elect our Government and review our conservation strategy for the years to come. By Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International As a new decade draws near, our planet …

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New report: over half the world’s raptors have declining populations

By Jessica Law We interview our Chief Scientist, Stuart Butchart, about a newly published paper: State of the World’s Raptors. What threats face this iconic group of birds, and what can we do to help? Why is it important to focus on the status of raptors in particular? From ghostly owls to majestic birds of prey, raptors are among the …

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