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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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Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean

The scientific paper on illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean titled “Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean” was  published online in the journal Bird Conservation International. Bird Conservation International / Volume 26 / Issue 01 / March 2016, pp 1-28 Copyright © BirdLife International 2016 This is an Open Access article, …

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Welcoming the birdhouses to Souk el-hima

If you haven’t yet experienced the thrill of being a bird-lord, it’s not too late. A new line of products was introduced to Souk el-hima, a handcrafted Birdhouses. This is another initiative by SPNL Souk el-hima program supported by EU, aiming to empowering Hima communities & livelihood, namely Anjar/KfarZabad , Feikha , Khirbet Qanafar , and Qolieleh himas. In addition to linking their …

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Superabundant bird decline mirrors Passenger Pigeon

One of Eurasia’s most abundant bird species has declined by 90% and retracted its range by 5000 km since 1980 a new study shows. Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola was once distributed over vast areas of Europe and Asia, its range stretching from Finland to Japan. New research published in the journal Conservation Biology suggest that unsustainable rates of hunting, principally …

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The bird that pretends to be a CATERPILLAR

Chicks mimic toxic hairy moth larvae to scare off predators Chicks of the Cinereous Mourner bird have bright orange spiky feathers They move their heads from side to side like caterpillars when disturbed  Adult birds develop a boring grey colour with brown spots as they mature Scientists believe their appearance helps to keep them safe from predators It is one of the …

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World Migratory Bird Day 2014 spotlights pioneering sustainable tourism initiative

On the weekend  of 10-11 May World Migratory Bird Day 2014 is being celebrated in over 70 countries around the globe. With the theme “Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism”, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 will highlight the links between migratory bird conservation, local community development and wildlife watching tourism around the world. Every year, more than one billion …

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The Book of Eggs: A Lifesize Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World’s Bird Species

Featuring new photography from Chicago’s renowned Field Museum, The Book of Eggs explores 600 examples at actual size, alongside pattern details, clutch images, breeding range maps, and engravings of all the birds. A table of field-guide information identifies order, family, breeding range, nesting habitat, nest characteristics, and conservation status. This accompanies an expert narrative revealing the latest research and thinking …

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SPNL uses a traditional Hima approach in IBA conservation

The revival of the hima system at the Kfar Zabad marshlands in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, is empowering communities to take responsibility for managing local resources. This approach is being championed by the Society for Protection of Nature in Lebanon (BirdLife in Lebanon) as a part of their Important Bird Areas programme, and is helping to build capacity for local …

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IBAs in Danger – urgent action needed!

An increasing number of  Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are under threat from damaging development – much of which is poorly planned and does not take environmental values into account. “The IBAs in Danger initiative provides an essential focus for governments, development agencies, the international environmental and conservation conventions, business and wider civil society to act to prevent the …

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World Migratory Bird Day in HimaKfarZabad

On Saturday 11 May 2013 SPNL, the municipality of Kfar Zabad and Anjar, organized a World Migratory Bird Festival in Hima Kfar Zabad. The festival took place through the generous funding of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality, in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), BirdLife International, European Commission, and the MAVA …

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