On Reunion, a small, French-owned volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, situated between Madagascar and Mauritius an EU-funded research group have found for the first time a breeding colony of the Mascarene Petrel Pseudobulweria aterrima. This is yet another Critically Endangered seabird, and indeed one of the 15 rarest and most threatened bird species in the world, with an estimated global population of just 100-200.
Seabirds undertake some of the most incredible migratory journeys in the world. Take the Arctic Tern, for example, whose travels from pole to pole every year exceed a whopping distance of 80,000 km, or many shearwaters and skuas, with journeys of tens of thousands of km, often across ocean basins. Protecting such highly migratory bird species is a challenge, as different scientists, institutions or NGOs gather local data and try to safeguard their patch of ocean with limited funds.
VulPro vulture conservation and rehabilitation centre is very excited to announce that it will be holding a fundraising gala on the 1st of September 2017.
This is a very important event for Vulpro as it assists with raising funds which are used to continue their vitally important conservation work.
The gala will be taking place at the beautiful Leopard Lodge in Hartbeespoort Dam and we can promise it will be a night to remember!
A long-distance flyer, the Turtle-dove migrates from its European breeding grounds to winter in Africa. All three main migratory flyways – western via France and Spain, central via Italy and eastern via Greece – present perilous hurdles including lack of food and water, hunting and illegal killing as well as sea and desert crossings to reach sub-Saharan Africa.
‘Birds know no borders’ – this oft-cited observation is especially pertinent in Europe, writes Dr. Ian Burfield and Anna Staneva in their introduction to BirdLife International’s latest publication ‘European Birds of Conservation Concern’. On a continent comprised of some 50, mostly small, countries and territories, that is home to around 540 wild bird species, it can be exceptionally challenging to identify which countries should take on most responsibility for conserving individual species.
The world's largest tropical lake spans three countries and nourishes both the rich wildlife and the impoverished communities that live around it. But its resources have also attracted less desirable attention - such as traffickers targeting iconic birds such as the Shoebill.
John Kinghorn is part of an association of young African based birders who aim to promote and grow the lifestyle/hobby/passion they love most in the African continent. Youth Africa Birding seeks to bring about a sense of youthfulness into the birding world, along with a new, passionate and enthusiastic energy into what some birders saw as somewhat of a khaki clad, sit-on-the-front-porch-with-a-cup-of-tea "old boys/girls" club.
The date for the next Annual General Meeting of the African Bird Club has been confirmed as Saturday 21st April 2018. It will again be in the excellent Flett Events Theatre at the British Natural History Museum. The full programme will be finalised at the next two Councll meetings in 2017 and announced as soon as we have it!
Beautiful. Inspiring. Under threat. Penguins are among the world’s most charming and recognisable birds, but from south pole to equator, a web of threats is seeing them slide ever-closer towards extinction. Next week BirdLife International will be sharing penguin stories from around the world to celebrate the launch of our upcoming global penguin campaign. Read the full story in their newsletter here.
BirdLife's Zimbabwean Partner has halted one of Harare's neighbouring wetlands from becoming a building site - a big win both for the capital's nature, and its people. Harare is a city on the rise. But as ever, growth comes at a cost. As Zimbabwe’s sprawling capital expands outwards, the wetlands that surround it are slowly but surely being lost to development, or tarnished with pollution. It’s a classic conflict - the need to build houses, versus the need to protect nature from unsustainable development.