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7 great dads of the bird world

Father’s Day is about celebrating all the great dads out there – and there are plenty in the bird world. Who knows, one of these feathered fathers might remind you of someone you know… By Jessica Law 1. Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri (Near Threatened) © Travelmedia Productions If balancing an egg on your feet for two months through the freezing Antarctic …

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Why is it controversial to declare a species less threatened?

Last year, we moved the Pink Pigeon from Endangered to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, its recovery the result of decades of conservation work. When we move a species to a lower threat category, it sounds like a cause for celebration – but why doesn’t everyone agree? By James Lowen The Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri could easily have …

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Northern Bald Ibis: baldly leading the way in ibis conservation

Four ibis species in three very different circumstances. All facing extinction. One, the Northern Bald Ibis, is now recovering. What does it take to turn the tables on extinction? By Shaun Hurrell With the setting sun still warming a sandstone ledge on Morocco’s west coast one evening in November, a bulky bird tenderly preens its partner’s feathers using its long, scythe-shaped …

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Why is it controversial to declare a species less threatened?

Last year, we moved the Pink Pigeon from Endangered to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, its recovery the result of decades of conservation work. When we move a species to a lower threat category, it sounds like a cause for celebration – but why doesn’t everyone agree? By James Lowen The Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri could easily have …

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White stork pair could become first to breed in wild in UK for centuries

Birds brooding three eggs due to hatch in June are part of a rewilding project White storks nesting on top of an ancient oak tree could become the first wild pair to successfully breed in Britain for hundreds of years. The enormous birds are brooding three eggs on the rewilded Knepp estate, in Sussex, as part of a project to reintroduce the …

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New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body parts

Across Africa, vultures are being captured and their body parts traded for belief-based use such as traditional medicine. This is putting additional pressure on a group of birds already threatened with extinction. Now, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation is tackling this complex issue head-on.   By Oladapo Soneye In Nigeria and across Africa, vultures are being killed so that their body …

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Can you help the turtle-dove in its ‘Flight for Survival’?

Every year, millions of migratory birds are unlawfully killed as they embark on their epic journeys between their homes in Europe and Africa.    Right now, the European turtle-dove has started its journey back to its breeding grounds. Populations have been wiped out by up to 49% in the last 16 years. With its survival at stake, it is now critical …

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A mighty predator made helpless at the hands of humans

The eagle is a long-standing symbol of strength and glory, but though triumphant within the animal kingdom, the predator becomes the prey when the Eastern Imperial Eagle is confronted with human persecution. Can we restore one of Europe’s rarest raptors?   By Cressida Stevens The Eastern Imperial Eagle is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight for Survival campaign to raise …

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Hotspots of exploitation: where are species under greatest threat?

A new paper pinpoints global hotspots for unsustainable commercial harvesting of species to prioritise efforts tackling one of the greatest threats to nature. By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins By now, almost everyone knows that many rhinoceros species around the world are threatened with extinction because of commercial overexploitation for their horns, which are sold on the black market. Likewise, all pangolin species …

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New population of Blue-eyed Ground-doves discovered

Four new doves have been discovered, increasing the population of the Critically Endangered bird by 26 percent.   By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins In February 2019, staff at SAVE Brasil (BirdLife Partner) began hearing exciting reports from members of the communities surrounding Botumirim State Park in the state of Minas Gerais. There had been sightings, multiple people reported, of Blue-eyed Ground-doves Columbina cyanopis (Critically Endangered), outside of …

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