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The Common Cuckoo prefers to let other birds do hard work © Vladimir Turkenich / Shutterstock

Here’s how 7 iconic migratory bird species spent...

Wed, 01/09/2021
Digging metre-long tunnels, luring away predators, stealing other bird’s nests… the breeding season is never dull for these seven bird species, which are now leaving Europe for the warmer climate of Africa.
A handful of Velvet Scoters were spotted at Lake Tabatskuri, Georgia in 2014 © Nika Paposhvili

Surprise rediscovery of threatened duck diverts...

Thu, 12/08/2021
When researcher Nika Paposhvili unexpectedly discovered a population of Velvet Scoters in a location where the bird was thought to be extinct, it launched an urgent project to safeguard the future of the species - one that involved the whole community.

Empowering Indigenous Peoples to manage and...

Mon, 09/08/2021
Indigenous Peoples know their lands better than anyone, and nothing can replace their expertise in forest conservation. That’s why BirdLife and Partners are providing technical training and support for Indigenous Peoples, so that they can manage and protect their local forests for generations to come.
Bees and other pollinators are increasingly threatened by human activities © Seydou Nacro

Natural compost helps women farmers in Burkina...

Wed, 07/07/2021
Natural compost is a reliable alternative to chemical fertilizers in improving agricultural yields for women farmers in Burkina Faso, while promoting conservation of micro-organisms and insects, ensuring the survival of migratory birds and optimal pollination of crops.
Black Storks are currently raising their chicks on the Latvian Fund for Nature's nest cam

6 great nest cams you should watch this summer

Fri, 25/06/2021
This year, the topic of our Spring Alive children’s education programme is how to keep birds’ nests safe. Thankfully, nowadays you don’t need to be anywhere near nests to observe the birds that live in them. Web cameras can offer a glimpse into the secret lives of birds wherever you are in the world.
Bassian Thrush foraging amid the burned vegetation © Tom Hunt

Australian bushfire update: hope from the ashes...

Mon, 24/05/2021
We all remember the devastation wreaked by the Australian bushfires in early 2020. But what’s been happening since then? Find out about just one of the many wildlife havens BirdLife Australia is helping to restore, thanks to the generosity of BirdLife supporters.
Fidelis Nick has been working for the Tenkile Conservation Alliance since 1999 © David Zeller

“Nature and forest are part of my life” – we...

Thu, 20/05/2021
Fidelis Nick was born in a remote village in Papua New Guinea and is now Project Officer for Tenkile Conservation Alliance. We sought his unique perspective on forest conservation.
One team works with the community to protect unique wildlife of Rapa, French Polynesia © Fred Jacq

Meet the 2021 Conservation Leadership Programme...

Wed, 19/05/2021
BirdLife is proud to be part of the Conservation Leadership Programme, a partnership that directs funding and training to early career leaders from developing countries who are tackling pressing conservation challenges. Discover some of this year’s winning projects.
Ornithography #41: Northern Lapwing, Ibars d’Urgell, Spain © Xavi Bou

Meet the photographer who captures the beauty of...

Fri, 07/05/2021
Xavi Bou’s stunning art encourages us to see birds, and life, from a different perspective. We interview the Barcelona-based photographer who uses the sky as his canvas to reveal the beauty of flight.
Fly-A-Way is designed and published by Tuber in Singapore

Fly-A-Way: the bird migration board game with an...

Fri, 30/04/2021
You’re a bird leaving on migration: will you perish en route or reach your breeding grounds safely? It sounds like a game of chance, but conservation can make a real difference to the outcome. This is the message of Fly-A-Way, an exciting new board game developed with BirdLife…
Gábor Deák with Falco, the anti-poisoning sniffer dog © Szilard Morvai  / BirdLife Hungary

Despatches from the bird migration battlefront

Wed, 28/04/2021
With millions of birds illegally killed each year, working to protect them can seem like an overwhelming battle. That’s when inspirational, heart-warming success stories are needed. We hear first-hand accounts from conservation’s ‘frontline’ in Malta, Hungary and Lebanon.
Staff have been been monitoring water quality at Tonle Sap Great Lake © NatureLife Cambodia

BirdLife welcomes new Partner: NatureLife Cambodia

Wed, 31/03/2021
Despite being one of the most biodiverse countries in Asia, Cambodia had no national NGOs working directly on conservation as recently as 15 years ago. BirdLife set out to change that, and in 2004 established a country programme. Fast forward to 2021 and NatureLife Cambodia is the newest Partner in the BirdLife flock.
This discovery highlights the vital role of local people in gathering information in remote areas © M Suranto

Bird missing for 172 years rediscovered in Borneo...

Thu, 25/02/2021
The Black-browed Babbler, widely considered by experts the ‘greatest enigma in Indonesian ornithology’, has been unexpectedly rediscovered in the rainforests of Borneo more than 172 years after it was first seen.
Western Red Colobus © Peter Ichman

Saving the Gola Forest: reimagining forest...

Tue, 12/01/2021
In Sierra Leone and Liberia, a new forest conservation initiative is being implemented through a collaborative approach, to save one of West Africa’s few remaining tropical forests.
The Sarus Crane can reach six feet tall © Jonathan Eames

Second chance for Cambodia’s big birds

Tue, 05/01/2021
For a suspenseful three years, Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary seemed doomed. But now, changed policies, changed hearts and a new organic rice scheme promises hope for the forest landscape’s villagers, businesses and giant birds.
© Nature Mauritanie

6 ways we’ve kept the Spring Alive spirit strong...

Tue, 22/12/2020
2020 has been a year like no other. Spring Alive, our children’s education programme, had to make a lot of changes – but thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of our Partners, teachers and volunteers, we’ve still succeeded in inspiring and educating young minds. Here, we showcase just a few examples.

Introducing Hatch: boosting conservation from the...

Tue, 24/11/2020
We’re excited to launch Hatch, a new initiative from the BirdLife Partnership that supports the growth and performance of environmental civil society organisations around the world.
Vera Voronova out birding © Renat Eskazyuly

From student representative to Kazakhstan...

Fri, 20/11/2020
Vera Voronova started out as a student representative for ACBK (BirdLife in Kazakhstan). Six years later, she became CEO of the organisation. Vera tells us about the challenges she faces, her hopes for the future, and how the Conservation Leadership Programme helped her to get where she is today.