Threatened Species

A day in the life of an SPNL field officer during migration season

By Maher Osta At 10:30 this Saturday morning I got a call from Assad Serhal our General Director telling me that there’s a shot pelican under the good care of  BETA and that they contacted SPNL for advice. He sent me a number that I called, and I was informed that the bird was shot and had a serious wing injury. …

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Updated checklist of the birds of Lebanon, with notes on four new breeding species in spring 2020

GHASSAN RAMADAN-JARADI, FOUAD ITANI, JAMES HOGG, ASSAD SERHAL & MONA RAMADAN-JARADI Summary: Since the previous published checklist of the birds of Lebanon in 2008, many significant changes to the status and distribution of birds in the country have been recorded. Checklists evolve, and the one presented here uses the standardised taxonomic list for the OSME region. Of the 404 species …

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Last flight of the goddess: How I Met Anahita

By Maher Osta, SPNL field officer Anahita is the name of the ancient Persian goddess of fertility, water, health, healing, and wisdom, so how come that I met her? Although the Anahita that I met could fly across borders and continents like she owned the planet and her ancestors were worshiped by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, she is not …

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Contribution of the Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project to the Newsletter of the Vulture Specialist Group Issue September 2020

Media campaign was conducted by BirdLife Africa, NCF and SCF in Nigeria and Niger to stop the illegal killing of vultures. Moreover, a series of trainings on plant-based alternatives to vultures was held in Nigeria by NCF. In February 2020, explicit monitoring of SCF revealed seven new breeding territories of Egyptian vultures in Koutous Massif, Niger, increasing the total population …

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Working with traditional healers to end vulture poaching

In West Africa, illegal trade in vultures’ parts for belief based use spells doom for these endangered birds. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), BirdLife Partner is working with local traditional healers to create awareness on plant-based alternatives, as substitutes to vultures’ parts. By Joseph Onoja, Director, Technical Programmes Vulture populations on the African continent have plummeted catastrophically over the last …

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6,000 Endangered Steppe Eagles find refuge within refuse dumps

If you wanted to see 6,000 Endangered eagles, a rubbish dump might not be the first place you’d think of looking. But conservationists in Saudi Arabia are working to make these unlikely havens safe for the birds that call them home. By Dima Obeidat Nowadays, it is increasingly rare and mesmerising to catch a glimpse of the majestic Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis. …

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World Migratory Bird Day 2020 Birds Connect Our World

World Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated by people across the world on Saturday, 9 May with the theme “Birds Connect Our World”. The UN-led campaign aims to raise awareness of migratory birds and the importance of international cooperation to conserve them. It is organized by a collaborative partnership among two UN treaties – the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) …

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On the event of World Migratory Bird Day, SPNL would like to introduce you to the magnificent Egyptian Vulture

To save an endangered species, the Egyptian Vulture, institutions and organisations from 14 countries spanning the Balkans, Middle East and Africa have joined forces proving that political borders do not exist in these efforts. All of them have united under the project “Urgent Actions to Strengthen the Balkan Population of the Egyptian Vulture and Secure Its Flyway” (LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874), abbreviated …

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Third e-newsletter on the Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project

Dowload PDF File NEOPHRONOLOGY Research Who is more important in the Egyptian vulture family? MONITORING Breeding In 2020, the breeding of nearly half of the Egyptian vulture population in Bulgaria will be monitored by trail cameras. The end of monitoring season 2019 in Albania. Study on the breeding Egyptian vultures in Koutous Massif, Niger Migration Monitoring the Migration of the …

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LOVE Has No Borders: One Of The Tagged Egyptian Vultures In 2012 In Bulgaria Started To Breed In Greece!

At the beginning of every spring, we look at the sky to see the Egyptian vultures coming back from their winter grounds. We always hope to see more of them than in the previous year, but the reality is often disappointing. In Greece the number of birds and their breeding territories has been vanishing dramatically year after year, as a …

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