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Birds migrating through Lebanon made dazzling formations in the sky and first sighting for the endangered Egyptian Vulture

Birds migrating through Lebanon made dazzling formations in the sky as it moved south on Wednesday. While sources of food abound in the spring, making the northern climes ideal for raising their young, sub-zero temperatures, snow and shorter days in winter render their search for nourishment much more difficult. Migratory birds are therefore almost genetically predisposed to fly off to warmer …

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IUCN 9th Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) kicks off in Kuwait

In Kuwait, from 9 – 11 September 2019, under the patronage of the State Minister of Economic Affairs Mariam Al Aqeel, IUCN opened the 9th Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) in the presence of Sheikh Abdulla Ahmad, IUCN President Mr. Zhang Xinshering, IUCN Acting Director Dr. Grethel Aguilar, H.E. Princess Basma Bin Ali, H.E. Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri-Abu Dhabi Environment …

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Hunting law enforcement in Lebanon: be ready for the third autumn bird protection camp

Earlier this year the Lebanese Interior Minister Raya El Hassan sent a memo to the head of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces setting out a series of ‘urgent measures’ in order for the agency to crack down on illegal poaching. These measures included training of the law to all agency employees (permitted species, times and materials), vehicle stops, license checks on …

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Critical decisions made for vultures, songbirds & other birds threatened by illegal trade

At a crucial meeting in Switzerland last month, governments of more than 180 countries made critical decisions to manage the escalating international trade in wildlife including vultures, songbirds, hornbills, parrots and a number of other bird species. Here are some of the highlights. Governments made critical decisions about managing the international trade of a number of highly threatened bird species …

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Workshop Against Illegal Trade in Birds of Prey: The Declaration

By Dima Obeidat We, the Participants of the Workshop Against Illegal Trade in Birds of Prey That took place in Abu Dhabi on 27 August 2019:   Acknowledging that the illegal killing, taking and trade in wild birds of prey (IKB) is a conservation problem in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and source countries; Recognising that wild birds are …

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SPNL and MESD welcomes BirdLife Sweden and Switzerland in The Upper Al Maten Hima

By Talal Gharzeldeen  We are pleased to welcome for the 3rd time to Raselmaten & Hammana on the 10th of September 2019, the team of Birdlife Switzerland & Birdlife Sweden to Al Maten region which is considered one of the most important bird’s migrating routs in the world. All thanks to the organization of The Society of the protection of …

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Hima Hammana Bird counting: Birdlife partners from three countries are helping students to become skilled birdwatchers

Bird counting has begun today in Hima Hammana with the Swiss and Swedish birders. Students from Ras el Maten visited the site and participated in this charming activity. They learned about this amazing phenomenon happening on the Lebanese skies every autumn! everyone can learn to count and identify flying eagles, buzzards, kites, storks and other birds. Join and listen to …

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Discover the Collared Sand Martin’s unique relationship with quarries

Migratory birds are arriving in Africa, and now there’s a new species to look out for – the Collared Sand Martin. Discover its unique relationship with quarries, and find out how one particular extraction company is making sure this species is safe at their sites. By Jessica Law This article is part of our Spring Alive programme, which aims inspire and …

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Lebanon is fighting poachers in response to #FlightForSurvival campaign

Under The patronage and The presence of Minister of Environment and Ministry of Interior, represented by  Saliba and Lt Col. Joseph Moussallem from The Lebanese Internal Forces, and representative of Minister Hassan Murad. Blackspot for migrating birds, and the active participation of Responsible Hunting Clubs; Environment NGOs, Hima municipalities, Birdlife Switzerland and decision-makers, from various sectors. Speeches stressing the importance …

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Scale of illegal bird killing in the Middle East revealed for first time

By Dima Obeidat A study out today, for the first time, estimates the scale and extent of the illegal killing and taking of wild birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran. Using a diverse range of data sources and incorporating expert knowledge, we estimate that at least 1.7–4.6 million birds of at least 413 species may be killed or taken …

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