Threatened Species

Red List 2020: seven things you might have missed

The carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may soon need to become one verse shorter as a European partridge is listed as Near Threatened. Meanwhile, paradise is restored for one flycatcher, proving that conservation can achieve great things. Explore these and more in our round-up of fascinating under-the-radar findings from this year’s Red List update… By Jessica Law 1. Red-legged …

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Red List 2020: Andean Condor heads list of raptors in steep decline

Poisoned, poached, persecuted – iconic raptors such as the Andean Condor, Secretarybird and Martial Eagle have moved to higher threat categories in this year’s update to the IUCN Red List, sparking fears that the crisis that brought many Asian and African vultures to the edge of extinction has spread to new continents and species. By Jessica Law The Andean Condor Vultur …

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Red List 2020: European Bison recovers amid 31 extinctions

In this year’s update to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, the recovery of the European Bison shows the true power of conservation. But with 31 extinctions announced and all of the world’s freshwater dolphin species now globally threatened, it’s never been more urgent to ramp up action. By Jessica Law On 15th December, BirdLife will provide its annual …

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What Climate Changes Means For Migratory Birds? The story of a Black stork in West Bekaa Ammiq

On 11 November 2020 SPNL got an Email from Eagle Club Estonia about a Black stork named Vedru that’s fitted with a transmitter Vedru was born and tagged in Estonia, and entered Lebanon on 7 November 2020 and stayed in the area between Ammiq and Mansoura in West Bekaa. This behavior was strange since it did not continue southwards on …

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The Egyptian Vulture “Izzy” spent a SAFE night in Lebanon

On Thursday the 28th of October a joint effort by the  Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) marked a great office and fieldwork performance. Followed by BSPB through satellite monitoring, a young Egyptian Vulture named Izzy spent the night in Lebanon just above Beirut. Izzy, a young …

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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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