Videos

Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches?

A great spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) on a tree. Unlike the human brain, the woodpecker’s brain is tightly confined by muscles in the skull and a compressible bone. This keeps the woodpecker brain from jiggling around when the bird is stabbing away at a tree trunk.

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Back to life: Back to Life: How SPNL rescued and treated an injured Crane at its Bird rescue center, MLHC

On their migratory route over Lebanon last autumn, a number of common cranes were massacred by random poachers. The flock of birds were lured to rest at an estuary with the help of electronic decoys. They were then slaughtered from military rifles and shotguns as soon as they started to land. Many died instantly, others flew away injured. One of …

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Three new breeding records for Lebanon

While working on an environmental micro-project funded by the Agence Francais de Developpement (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), SPNL’s project manager Maher Osta with the help of our partner in Mansoura (West Beqaa) Izzat Taha, successfully documented a very exciting find: Four species of wetland birds from the heron family were breeding successfully on a small …

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OSME Summer meeting 2020: Dr Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi’s presentation on the birds of Lebanon

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A conversation with André Hoffmann

In this 60-minute conversation with MAVA’s President, André Hoffmann, we learn more about what drives his commitment to protecting our natural world and how this links to his passion for using business as a force for good. Other topics include the link with the Covid-19 crisis, the importance of investing in leadership development and his views on MAVA’s planned sunset …

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How do we push forward a Green Recovery in a post-COVID world?

By Shaun Hurrell How can we reboot the global economy in a way that transitions us to a sustainable future? BirdLife has launched a new Green Recovery Webinar Series that convenes global leaders from multilateral, business and youth sectors to tackle this question and aims to increase momentum towards an environmentally-friendly recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the horrific …

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SPNL and MESHC Anti-Poaching Unit: safety valve for nature

The Anti-poaching unit works as a Liaison between for Sustainable Hunting program for SPNL ​(Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon), and the Middle East Sustainable Hunting Center (MESHC) established in 2015. ​ We believe that hunting and sustainability must go hand in hand ​to make more Lebanese appreciate nature and to make hunting a more eco-friendly practice​. A …

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The M6 ‘Cultural Landscapes’ Steering Committee Meeting

The M6 ‘Cultural Landscapes’ Steering Committee Meeting (10-14 February 2020) was held in the framework of MAVA M6 partnership on Mediterranean Cultural Landscapes. The goal of the meeting was to conclude the Mid Term Evaluation process and set the groundwork for the design of phase 2 (2020-2022). 35 partners from 19 organisations met in the island of Lemnos in Greece …

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“Nature is enjoying itself without us”: coronavirus frees nature in Lebanon

Nature experts in Lebanon have noticed cleaner and clearer air filled with migratory birds as Beirut remains under lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. Migrating pelicans are flying over the city as environmentalists say birds seem to be venturing closer to urban areas. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2020/apr/17/nature-is-enjoying-itself-without-us-coronavirus-frees-nature-in-lebanon-video  

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Support Hima Farms: Land that doesn’t have birds doesn’t have wealth

Last week footage emerged online of a clip taken by a farmer in Western Bekaa, showing dozens of resting storks walking around his tractor foraging for food freely and safely. The footage was initially praised by environmentalists and pro-regulation hunters alike as a positive example of sustainable hunters working in harmony with nature. However, the Society for the Protection of …

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