The wide use, and poor waste management, of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Malawi has recently become a major concern for government, environmental and conservation organisations, and advocates of a safe and healthy environment. Plastic bag pollution threatens the country’s ecosystems at all levels including land, river and lakes. Plastic packages have replaced natural and biodegradable materials as a cheap, quick way to package food and shopping items – leading to debates on the negative effects that their disposal could have on the environment and people’s health.
SANParks Honorary Rangers Marakele Region takes pleasure in inviting you to join us for an unforgettable birding weekend at the Marakele National Park, in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains. The Marakele National Park is a true birding haven.
Nimrod Mifsud, BirdLife Malta's newly nominated Nature's Hero, made headlines in the international press in 2014. With Nimrod's assistance, British naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham was making a documentary on Malta's controversial spring hunting of migrant birds. While Nimrod and the BBC crew were making their way along a public footpath through land claimed for exclusive use by hunters, he was arrested and charged with trespassing, after allegedly being abused and threatened.
Let’s face it: kids are much more likely to watch birds coming to a feeder that they’ve made themselves. We see birds every day, but if you want to get into the mind-set of a bird, and really think about what life is like for the fluttering friends on the other side of the window, you need to get your hands dirty – or, at least, slightly sticky with peanut butter.
This timely partnership takes place in a setting where Burkina Faso’s nature is bending under the pressure of human activity. The unbridled race towards raw materials, and the imperative of economic development, is not always compatible with sustainable production and consumption. It’s an age-old tale : humanity’s needs are unlimited, but resources are rare. Our current mode of development is reaching its limits, and it is necessary to find a new balance between man and his environment.
Gbessay Sannoh and Bockerie Sama are standing in a shady rainforest amongst the whooping sounds of hornbills and leafy cocoa trees. They’re at the edge of the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, where for generations thousands of cocoa trees have been grown by their people – the Goleagorbu, small-scale farmers. While chatting and joking they break open the large, golden-yellow cocoa pods with smooth-handled wooden clubs.
This year, to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, we wanted to do something really special. So we asked schools and BirdLife Partners across the African continent to send in videos of them singing songs about the wonders of bird migration. The results blew us away. The videos were amazing – and all but one were written by the children themselves, driving home the passion and devotion the young generation feels towards conserving their natural world.
Last week, the conservation world received some extremely good news when the Government of Tanzania decided to abandon plans to construct a soda ash factory at Lake Natron, the most significant breeding site for Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor) after becoming aware of the potential impacts. BirdLife International congratulates the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania on the decision, and their commitment to safeguarding flamingos.
For bird lovers, South Africa has always been a great place to be.