Tag Archives: Birds

200 meters of mist nets were confiscated in Barja

Today, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) team together with members of the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) conducted field investigations around the city of Barja, Shouf, Mount Lebanon, in cooperation with a number of local hunters who follow the hunting law. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale trapping in …

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Coronavirus lockdown brings Lebanon’s migratory birds up close

Ayat Basma AMMIQ WETLAND, Lebanon (Reuters) – With Lebanese confined to their homes by the new coronavirus, migratory birds in the Mediterranean country are winging their way into the midst of quieter city life. From flocks of white pelicans and storks soaring over Beirut’s seafront to diminutive herons nesting in built-up neighbourhoods, Lebanese social media are capturing avian beauty normally …

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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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Joint operation against songbird trapping in Chouf, Mount Lebanon

On Monday, The society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) team together with members of the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) conducted field investigations around the city of Bourjein – Marjiyat, Mount Lebanon, in cooperation with a number of local hunters who follow the hunting law. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale …

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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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Why it’s important to love birds for more than just their beauty

We all know what our favourite bird looks like – but do you know why it’s evolved to look that way? Discover the amazing new project striving to build a stronger connection between people and nature – through the fascination of bird anatomy. By Jessica Law Have you ever looked at a spoonbill and pondered the reason behind its beak’s unique …

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Biggest sting against illegal bird trapping in Lebanon to date

The teams of our current bird protection camp conducted intelligence-led field investigations against illegal mist nets in the towns of Saida and Barja, south of Beirut. A total of 5 active trapping sites were discovered. To lure the birds into the traps, poachers used electronic calling machines imitating the song of blackcap. The findings were immediately reported to the Lebanese …

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Project Coordinator

Terms of Reference Job Title: Project Coordinator Reporting to: Assistant Director General Introduction on SPNL SPNL is one of the oldest environmental NGOs in Lebanon. It was established in 1983 under the Lebanese Laws, and licensed by the Ministry of Interior by decision no. 6/AD dated 8/1/1986. SPNL is a national, non-geographic, non-sectorial, non-political environmental NGO. SPNL is the national …

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Lebanese Birds Captured In Ways You’ve Never Seen Before

This is just a typical day in the life of Mohamed Haimour, SPNL guest photographer. He uses his patience to build trust between him and the majestic birds of his homeland, Lebanon. We think you’ll agree his photographs are simply stunning. A Crow Chasing a Hawk Photo Credit: Mohamed Haimour Black-eared Wheatear Photo Credit: Mohamed Haimour        

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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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