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Birdlife International

The latest news from Birdlife International (as of Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:04:02 GMT):

2018-09-24 13:58:36 +0000: Valenzuela Marsh In Danger
Valenzuela marsh, which has been identified as in Important Bird Area by BirdLife International, is being threatened by dredging and forest clearance.

2018-09-18 11:17:13 +0000: Going for Green: Chile purse seine project nominated for conservation award
Modifying purse seine nets in Chile seems to offer a promising new way to reduce seabird bycatch. This year, the project has received prestigious recognition from the Latin American Green Awards.

2018-09-14 15:07:34 +0000: Obituary: bird activist Joe Sultana 1939-2018
A champion of conservation in Malta, and more widely the Mediterranean, Joe Sultana passed away on Tuesday 11th of September at the age of 78. Throughout his life, his passion and dedication for conservation inspired action both within Malta and internationally.

2018-09-13 10:28:02 +0000: 7 amazing things the Albatross Task Force has achieved in the past year
For more than a decade, the Albatross Task Force has been striving to make fishing industries seabird-safe. Working with communities, governments and on board boats, it has become one of BirdLife's most successful programmes. Here's what it has achieved in the past year alone.

2018-09-11 13:10:39 +0000: Road to recovery for the Roseate Tern
Neighbouring BirdLife partners, RSPB (UK) and BirdWatch Ireland, have joined forces to put Europe's rarest breeding seabird, the roseate tern, on the road to recovery.

2018-09-09 23:30:11 +0000: New report: over half the world's raptors have declining populations
We interview our Chief Scientist, Stuart Butchart, about a newly published paper: State of the World's Raptors. What threats face this iconic group of birds, and what can we do to help?

2018-09-07 12:31:00 +0000: Algarve fires menace Bonelli's Eagle
After the recent fires across the Algarve, BirdLife's Portuguese partner, SPEA, sounds the alarm for the region's important Bonelli's Eagle population.

2018-09-05 14:47:06 +0000: Spix's Macaw heads list of first bird extinctions confirmed this decade
Eight bird species, including two species of macaw, look set to have their extinctions confirmed following a robust new assessment of Critically Endangered species. The findings reveal a worrying new trend: for the first time, mainland extinctions are outpacing island extinctions

2018-08-31 14:17:15 +0000: Saving the sentinels of the skies: Kenya's rapid-response vulture unit
For millennia, vultures have aided humans in their role as nature's rapid-response clean-up crew. Now, Kenya is repaying the favour with a new rapid-response unit to combat vulture poisoning: part of an ambitious project to save Africa's vultures.

2018-08-31 10:30:40 +0000: An international plan to save the Helmeted Hornbill
Illegal hunting and trade has brought this unique hornbill to the brink. But a new ten-year, range-wide conservation plan will ensure the Helmeted Hornbill has a future outside of China's markets



Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The latest news from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (as of Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:04:02 GMT):

2017-11-01 00:00:01 GMT: Have a nature-friendly bonfire night, says the RSPB
The RSPB is encouraging everyone to remember wildlife when planning bonfires and firework displays this weekend.

2017-08-08 10:43:59 GMT: Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham opens a new centre for volunteering and research and finds out about the work of the Peatlands Partnership
New research centre will help scientists discover the secrets of the Flow Country

2017-07-27 12:21:47 GMT: RSPB appeal for help naming 100,000 knot on Norfolk nature reserve
The RSPB is calling on the public to 'Name a Knot' to support their Snettisham Hide crowdfunding appeal

2017-07-26 00:01:00 GMT: National survey fuels plans to help one of Scotland's most iconic birds
The latest national survey of Scotland's population of capercaillie, the world's largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals - making it one of the country's most endangered birds.

2017-07-25 10:08:17 GMT: Natural fun at RSPB Leighton Moss this summer
Keeping the family entertained during the summer holidays can often seem a daunting task. So what better way to enjoy those seemingly endless days of summer than by having a wild time at Leighton Moss nature reserve. Families looking for a great day out will discover lots of ways to explore the outdoors with a packed programme of fun events and activities all designed to entertain, educate and stimulate.

2017-07-25 09:08:50 GMT: Treuliwch noson yn y gwyllt ar Ynys Echni, Caerdydd
Am y bumed flwyddyn yn olynol, bydd plant a theuluoedd ledled Cymru yn gwersyllu yn eu sachau cysgu ac yn casglu o amgylch y tân wrth iddynt dreulio noson o dan y sêr a dod yn nes at natur.

2017-07-25 09:02:35 GMT: Spend a night in the wild on Cardiff's Flat Holm Island
For the fifth year running, children and their families across Wales will be pitching up their tents, rolling out their sleeping bags and gathering round the camp fire as they take a step closer to nature by spending a night out under the stars.

2017-07-24 16:48:04 GMT: Get up, get out, and get wild this summer!
RSPB Scotland is offering half price entry to three of its reserves this summer to reconnect families with the natural world.

2017-07-24 16:12:41 GMT: Anna Turley MP champions threatened seabird
Anna Turley MP has visited a conservation project in Teesside dedicated to reversing the fortunes of the little tern, one of the UK's most threatened seabirds.

2017-07-24 11:55:58 GMT: Record breaking school children raise funds for wildlife
More than 370 local primary school children have enjoyed taking a walk on the wild side and raised almost £1500 for the RSPB as part of a Guinness Book of Records attempt.

2017-07-20 11:25:17 GMT: Help choose Oxford's new swift tower!
Public vote to find new Swift Tower now live on Oxford City Council website

2017-07-20 00:01:01 GMT: Record year for rare black-winged stilts
An unprecedented 13 black-winged stilt chicks fledge in the UK across sites in Kent, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, including nine on two RSPB reserves.

2017-07-17 14:25:36 GMT: Hen harriers on the decline in Northern Ireland
Hen harriers - an iconic bird of prey - are on the decline in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey.

2017-07-17 08:59:53 GMT: Aberdeen Red Kites celebrate 10 years of being back
The first red kites to grace the skies of Aberdeenshire in nearly 150 years, returned on this day 10 years ago.

2017-07-14 14:02:27 GMT: Scenic Routes structure opens at new site in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
A new Scenic Routes structure was officially opened to the public today (July 14) at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond.

2017-07-14 12:26:05 GMT: Last chance to see the stars of Malham Cove
People are being urged to visit Malham Cove to see a pair of Peregrine Falcons - and their three young - before a public viewpoint closes in two weeks' time.

2017-07-13 14:41:11 GMT: RSPB Cors Ddyga - agor drws ar un o ryfeddodau cudd Môn
Mae RSPB Cymru wrth eu bodd o gyhoeddi bod eu gwarchodfa natur dawel ar Ynys Môn, RSPB Cors Ddyga, oedd gynt wedi'i henwi yn 'Malltraeth Marsh', yn cael ei hagor yn swyddogol gan Aelod Cynulliad Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth am 13:00,17 Gorffennaf 2017.

2017-07-13 14:34:43 GMT: Anglesey's hidden gem - RSPB Cors Ddyga
RSPB Cymru is delighted to announce that their quiet nature reserve on Anglesey, RSPB Cors Ddyga, formerly named as 'Malltraeth Marsh', will be officially opened by Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth at 1pm on July 17, 2017.

2017-07-12 16:33:10 GMT: Ambitious project seeks extra funding needed to improve disabled access to great outdoors
A project that would put Loch Leven at the forefront of countryside access for disabled people in Scotland is one step closer

2017-07-12 12:24:23 GMT: Keeping track of Bempton Cliffs' tree sparrows
Staff and volunteers at RSPB Bempton Cliffs have been carrying out vital work to combat the decline of the humble tree sparrow, which was once a regular sighting in gardens across the country.



Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - International

The latest news from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - International (as of Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:04:10 GMT):

2017-03-16 00:01:00 GMT: Over 800,000 birds illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus last autumn
Over 800,000 birds illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus last autumn

2016-09-15 09:35:43 GMT: Over 2,000,000 square kilometers of UK Ocean to be protected
Over 2,000,000 square kilometers of UK Ocean to be protected

2016-06-08 07:13:36 GMT: High-seas heroes saving albatrosses from extinction: a decade of success
Albatross Task Force celebrate 10 years of success

2016-03-15 01:00:41 GMT: Hundreds of thousands of birds still being illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus but annual increase halted
Over 800,000 birds were trapped and killed illegally on a British military base in Cyprus last autumn, according to the latest research by the RSPB and BirdLife Cyprus.

2015-10-29 00:01:00 GMT: Puffin and turtle dove join the list of birds facing global extinction
The latest revision of birds facing the threat of global extinction now includes some of the UK's most iconic birds

2015-10-02 15:01:18 GMT: Five years left to tackle Europe's wildlife crisis, warns RSPB
Europe's wildlife remains in crisis, that's the clear finding from the European Commission's latest assessment of nature, published today.

2015-08-27 14:34:54 GMT: Major breakthrough in fight to save Asian vultures from extinction
A major step for the future of vultures in Asia was announced by the Indian Ministry of Health yesterday [26 August] when a ban of multi-dose vials of human formulations of diclofenac, which is responsible for the death of tens of millions of Asia's vultures, came into force with immediate effect.

2015-08-06 09:32:01 GMT: Join in, sleep out and get connected to nature
The RSPB is asking people to sleep outside this weekend (7-9 August) to get closer to nature as part of its Big Wild Sleepout event.

2015-07-31 17:06:41 GMT: New research reveals climate change threat to uplands
Researchers predict climate change is predicted to have severe impact on sensitive upland habitats

2015-07-13 00:01:00 GMT: Redrawing the Essex shoreline to give coastal nature a home
With the help of our partner - Crossrail - we're providing a major boost to wetland wildlife

2015-06-03 12:37:37 GMT: One fifth of Europe's birds face the threat of extinction
A new assessment of European birds has revealed that nearly one fifth (18 per cent) are at risk of extinction across the European Union. The main threats? Habitat loss, climate change and increasingly intensive farming.

2015-05-12 00:01:00 GMT: 100 organisations unite to fight threat to European nature laws
EU legislation - the Birds and Habitats Directives - exist to protect the most important wildlife species and habitats in the UK and Europe. However, these laws are now under review and at risk of being weakened.

2015-03-18 16:06:43 GMT: UK Government's intention to create marine protected area around Pitcairn is 'visionary'
The Government's intention to create a marine protected area around Pitcairn is a massive boost for wildlife conservation in the UK's Overseas Territories

2015-03-09 00:01:00 GMT: Songbirds killed on British military base in Cyprus reaches record
900,000 songbirds were slaughtered on a British military base in Cyprus, here is our reaction

2015-02-06 17:31:59 GMT: Record-breaking Birdfair to help save our seas
Seabird conservation receives a £280,000 boost thanks to an amazing and record-breaking fundraising effort by the BirdFair team.

2014-11-10 15:41:48 GMT: Great news for migratory birds as two historic global agreements are reached to help save them
The Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) has agreed a set of guidelines to tackle causes of poisoning and ratified a groundbreaking Action Plan to save more than 400 bird species.

2014-11-07 16:41:19 GMT: As Monty mania sweeps the nation, the UK remains number one for Penguins
UK is the world's number one penguin nation, with more penguins under the nation's jurisdiction than any other county on earth

2014-11-03 00:00:01 GMT: Study reveals startling decline in European birds
Populations of common bird species have declined in Europe in the past 30 years, but some rarer birds have increased in numbers, say the University of Exeter, the RSPB and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS).

2014-10-27 12:14:55 GMT: UK Government has 'the perfect opportunity to solve some of the biggest conservation problems facing the world', say two leading wildlife charities
Today [Monday 27 October], the UK Government has 'the perfect opportunity to solve some of the biggest conservation problems facing the world in one stroke', according to experts from wildlife charities the RSPB and WWT.

2014-10-22 15:49:49 GMT: Conviction for English egg collector who 'exported' crimes to Bulgaria
English egg collector who 'exported' crime to Bulgaria convicted



Science Daily

The latest news from Science Daily (as of Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:04:11 GMT):

2018-09-24 17:45:09 EDT: Birds' voiceboxes are odd ducks
Birds' voiceboxes are in their chests instead of their throats like mammals and reptiles. Scientists aren't sure how or why birds evolved these unique voiceboxes, but a new study sheds some light on how they came about. Similarities in the windpipes of birds, crocodiles, cats, mice, and salamanders suggest that birds' weird voiceboxes might have arisen from a windpipe reinforcement. From this, scientists can learn about the sounds bird ancestors -- dinosaurs -- made.

2018-09-20 20:32:41 EDT: Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction
A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world -- raising the risk of global extinction -- due to the loss of suitable habitat.

2018-09-20 10:16:05 EDT: Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds
Scientists know that upward currents of warm air assist birds in flight. To understand how birds find and navigate these thermal plumes, researchers used reinforcement learning to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals. The research highlights the role of vertical wind accelerations and roll-wise torques as viable biological cues for soaring birds. The findings also provide a navigational strategy that directly applies to the development of UAVs.

2018-09-19 13:39:10 EDT: Improving 'silvopastures' for bird conservation
The adoption of 'silvopastures' -- incorporating trees into pastureland -- can provide habitat for forest bird species and improve connectivity in landscapes fragmented by agriculture. But how do silvopastures measure up to natural forest habitat? New research shows that birds in silvopasture forage less efficiently than those in forest fragments but offers suggestions for how silvopasture habitat could be improved.

2018-09-19 13:39:07 EDT: Newly identified African bird species already in trouble
Central Africa's Albertine Rift region is a biodiversity hotspot consisting of a system of highlands that spans six countries. Recent studies have shown that the population of sooty bush-shrikes occupying the region's mid-elevation forests is a distinct species, and new research reveals that this newly discovered species may already be endangered due to pressure from agricultural development.

2018-09-18 11:09:50 EDT: How birds can stay slim, even when they overeat
Noticing that songbirds never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, environmental biologists wondered whether the amount of energy birds put into singing, fidgeting, or exercising could be adjusted in ways that regulate weight. Researchers now explore whether songbirds needn't worry about their calorie counts because they can control the way their bodies use energy.

2018-09-18 11:09:02 EDT: Global trade in exotic pets threatens endangered parrots through the spread of a virus
Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild parrot populations has been detected in eight new countries, raising concerns for threatened species. This highlights the need for greater awareness of the risks of the spread of infectious disease associated with the international trade in live parrots.

2018-09-13 14:20:02 EDT: Weather forecasting sheds light on where and when birds will fly
September is the peak of autumn bird migration, and billions of birds are winging their way south. Using a combination of artificial intelligence and weather forecasting can help scientists to predict the movements of millions of birds and support their conservation goals, according to new research.

2018-09-12 14:44:34 EDT: Ancient bird bones redate human activity in Madagascar by 6,000 years
Analysis of bones, from what was once the world's largest bird, has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought.

2018-09-12 09:10:36 EDT: Mini video cameras offer peek at hard-to-observe bird behavior
Scientists know little about fledging behavior -- when and why baby birds leave the nest. Now researchers have deployed miniature video cameras to monitor over 200 grassland bird nests, and they found that fledglings' decision-making process is more complex than anyone guessed.

2018-09-10 10:09:44 EDT: Birds help each other partly for selfish reasons
Up to now, researchers have believed that birds stay at home and altruistically help raise younger siblings because this is the only way to pass on genes when you cannot breed yourself. But this idea is only partially true. A new study shows that birds benefit from being helpful because it also increases their chances of reproducing in the future.

2018-09-07 11:04:44 EDT: Night-time habits of captive flamingos
What do captive flamingos do at night, when their zoo or wildlife park is closed?

2018-09-06 18:42:31 EDT: Birds retreating from climate change, deforestation in Honduras cloud forests
Cloud forests are not immune to very down-to-earth problems of climate change and deforestation. A 10-year study of bird populations in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, shows that the peak of bird diversity in this mountainous park is moving higher in elevation. Additional land protection, unfortunately, may not be enough to reverse the trend, driven in part by globally rising temperatures.

2018-09-06 14:16:26 EDT: Big game animals must learn to migrate and pass knowledge across generations
A team of scientists has provided the first empirical evidence that ungulates (hooved mammals) must learn where and when to migrate, and that they maintain their seasonal migrations by passing cultural knowledge across generations.

2018-09-06 12:33:38 EDT: Impact of habitat fragmentation on migrant birds
Experts have shed new light on the impact of habitat fragmentation on migrant birds.

2018-09-05 16:19:46 EDT: Burly bird gets the worm
The pecking order of garden birds is determined by their size and weight, new research shows.

2018-09-05 13:18:50 EDT: 'Live fast, die young' lifestyle reflected in birds' feathers
Animals' lives follow a quicker tempo as they get farther from the equator -- birds at more northern latitudes mature faster, start reproducing younger, and live shorter lives, probably as a way of dealing with seasonal variation in resources. A new study shows for the first time that this pattern also plays out in birds' feathers, with northern birds completing their annual molt faster to keep up with the demands of life far from the tropics.

2018-08-30 11:30:06 EDT: Heritability explains fast-learning chicks
Both genetic and environmental factors explain cognitive traits, shows a new study carried out on red junglefowl. Researchers have shown that the ability of fowl to cope with difficult learning tasks is heritable, while their optimism can be explained by environmental factors.

2018-08-30 09:53:44 EDT: Robotic herding of a flock of birds using drones
Researchers made a new algorithm for enabling a single robotic unmanned aerial vehicle to herd a flock of birds away from a designated airspace. This novel approach allows a single autonomous quadrotor drone to herd an entire flock of birds away without breaking their formation.

2018-08-29 14:38:09 EDT: New Zealand penguins make mammoth migrations, traveling thousands of kilometers to feed
Fiordland penguins, Eudyptes pachyrhynchus, known as Tawaki, migrate up to 2,500 km from their breeding site, according to a new study.



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