In 2001, the Monavale Residents Environmental Action Group was formed to prevent horticultural activities on Monavale Vlei, one of the few marshy areas that have remained well-preserved in Harare. It started as a Site Support Group (SSG) of BirdLife Zimbabwe(BLZ, BirdLife Partner), but eventually became a community based organisation under the name Conservation Society of Monavale (COSMO).
On 15 January 2017, during events marking the International Waterbird Count Day in Senegal, ornithologists invited 16 students to participate and connect with nature. The children were selected from four schools in the Kalissaye Ornithological Nature Reserve in southern Senegal and they accompanied rangers to the field where they identified and counted birds in the Casamance area. The young people, accompanied by a Life and Earth Science teacher from Hillol Middle School were quick to grasp the skills and became ‘budding scientists’.
In a bid to secure Zambia's Chisamba Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), a safe haven for endangered vultures, BirdWatch Zambia (BirdLife Partner) has educated farm owners, managers and workers who operate within the IBA on why it is important to protect natural habitats from man-made threats.
BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world's passerines (perching birds), and completes the most exhaustive illustrated checklist of birds ever compiled, with stunning, full-colour portraits of all the world's 10,965 extant species.
Alton Liao works on behalf of the Taiwanese Fisheries Agency, where he trains ‘fisheries observers’ – independent specialists who go out on fishing boats to monitor and record things like catch composition, accidental bycatch, safety issues and implementation of quotas and regulations. Reliable data from proactive and trained scientists and fisheries observers is key - this is why BirdLife's Marine Programme focuses on strengthening the capacity of researchers and fisheries officials, and will hopefully be of world-wide use.
It seems like the 'young guns' of Youth Africa Birding are officially up and away with their fundraising initiatives for the 2017 Champions of the Flyway race for Conservation! This year the Bandits have passed the reigns over to to a team of young South African birders who may lack experience but have enthusiasm and passion which is rivaled by few! We have no doubt that they would greatly appreciate any form of donations to their 'just giving' page.
BirdLife's science team performed a rigorous taxonomy review of all the world's birds, and discovered that previously we had underestimated the world's avian diversity by as much as 10%. Many birds previously thought races, or sub-species of other birds, were actually fully-fledged species in their own right. Among the new species are the Comoro Blue Vanga, Cyanolanius comorensis, and Lendu Crombec, Sylvietta chapini. Read this fascinating article here.
This grassland specialist is known in tiny numbers from remnant habitat patches in Ethiopia, and also formerly in Somalia. There are now fewer than 250 birds left, which is even worse than it sounds, because the species has a skewed sex ratio, so the effective population size is even smaller. This species and other extremely rare sonbirds around the globe are featured in this weeks BirdLife International Bulletin.
BirdLife International today welcomed a decision by the UN Biodiversity Conference to pursue environmental reform in the farming, forestry and fisheries sectors, but underscored the need for stronger ambition and accelerated implementation by national governments.