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Birdlife International

The latest news from Birdlife International (as of Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:04:02 GMT):

2019-02-15 16:07:13 +0000: How did the Pink Pigeon bounce back from just nine birds?
The Pink Pigeon is no longer Endangered. But how did conservationists achieve this, and is it sustainable? Dr Vikash Tatayah, Conservation Director, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (BirdLife Partner) reports from the field

2019-02-13 14:40:38 +0000: Leading scientists call for re-evaluation of funding models
In the wake of statistics that reveal NGOs have some of the most highly-cited scientific papers, scientists from BirdLife, the RSPB and the BTO are calling for a re-evaluation of funding models.

2019-02-13 00:01:00 +0000: Momentous mission: first successful invasive species removal in Marquesas
Conservationists leaped from boats onto sheer rock faces and braved "10,000 dive-bombing Sooty Terns" to achieve the first successful eradication of invasive rats on Teuaua Island, French Polynesia. This success paves the way for larger island restorations across the Marquesas Archipelago.

2019-02-07 14:55:07 +0000: Pacific paradise in peril: tourism resort threatens Palau shorebird haven
Pristine coastal wetland Peleliu Lkes has been treasured in local art and culture for centuries, and acts as a refuge for Endangered shorebirds such as the Far Eastern Curlew. However, the time-honoured bond between people and nature is threatened by the development of a nearby tourism resort.

2019-02-04 00:01:00 +0000: Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid response to poisoning
On Sunday morning, a wildlife ranger in Nairobi, Kenya discovered 20 dead and 5 critically ill vultures slumped around a poisoned hyena carcass. Despite these tragic casualties, a rapid response protocol set up with the help of BirdLife almost certainly saved the lives of many more.

2019-02-01 11:47:50 +0000: Protecting waterbird habitats to combat the impacts of climate change
How will wetlands, estuaries and other essential waterbird habitats be affected by climate change? The new Climate Resilient Flyway Project pinpoints sites that will be hardest hit, and unites countries and organisations in order to protect them and their essential functions.

2019-02-01 09:28:06 +0000: Thousands of birds at risk as wetland is threatened by overexploitation
Doñana National Park, in Spain, is a crucial stopover point for thousands of migrating birds. However, over-intensive irrigation is threatening these valuable wetlands.

2019-01-31 11:52:48 +0000: Mud, glorious mud! Spoonie's winter wetland declared protected area
Nanthar Island, Myanmar is a crucial wintering site for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Critically Endangered). Thanks to the advocacy of BANCA (BirdLife in Myanmar) and local people, the site has now been designated a protected area.

2019-01-30 00:01:00 +0000: Victory: flamingo haven Gediz Delta saved from mega-bridge construction
Following a successful court case lead by Doca (BirdLife in Turkey), the proposal to build a mega-bridge spanning the Izmir Bay has been permanently dropped. The project would have destroyed crucial breeding islands for the Greater Flamingo and irreparably changed the delicate ecosystem.

2019-01-27 10:06:22 +0000: The tale of the albatross and the algorithm
This is a story about the albatross, one of the most iconic and endangered groups of birds, about industrial fishing in the remotest ocean regions that kills them, and an astonishing experiment in machine learning which may just help to save them.



Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The latest news from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (as of Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:04:03 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, 19 Feb 2019 09:04:05 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, 19 Feb 2019 09:04:06 GMT):

2019-02-17 14:25:22 EST: Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set fires, and a general cascade in the interconnected food web that led to the largest mammalian extinction event ever recorded. In this case, the absence of direct human activity on the landscape may be the cause of the extinctions, according to an anthropologist.

2019-02-14 11:56:19 EST: Parents don't pick favorites, at least if you're a Magellanic penguin
Researchers wanted to know how Magellanic penguin parents in South America balance the dietary demands of multiple chicks. They found that when a Magellanic penguin parent returns to its nest with fish, the parent tries to feed each of its two chicks equal portions of food, regardless of the youngsters' differences in age or size.

2019-02-13 09:08:22 EST: New clue in curious case of cassowary casque
A team of Australian scientists has completed research that could help solve a 200-year-old mystery surrounding an iconic Australian bird.

2019-02-12 19:08:45 EST: Natural selection and spatial memory link shown in mountain chickadee research
Chickadees with better learning and memory skills, needed to find numerous food caches, are more likely to survive their first winter, a long-term study of mountain chickadees has found.

2019-02-12 16:00:15 EST: How well can H7N9 and H5N8 genetically mix with a seasonal strain?
Emory scientists have been probing the RNA packaging factors that limit reassortment between avian H7N9/H5N8 strains and a well-known strain (H3N2) that has been dominating the last few human flu seasons in the United States. Mix and match still occurred at a low level, particularly with H5N8.

2019-02-11 16:39:52 EST: Scientists use machine learning to ID source of Salmonella
A team of scientists has developed a machine-learning approach that could lead to quicker identification of the animal source of certain Salmonella outbreaks.

2019-02-07 11:50:03 EST: Earliest known seed-eating perching bird discovered in Fossil Lake, Wyoming
The 'perching birds,' or passerines, are the most common birds in the world today -- they include sparrows, robins, and finches. They used to be very rare. Scientists have just discovered some of the earliest relatives of the passerines, including a 52-million-year-old fossil with a thick, curved beak for eating seeds.

2019-02-07 11:13:03 EST: New way to help increase conservation impact
A study reveals huge variations in the similarity and breadth of animal roles in nature across different parts of the world.

2019-02-06 16:14:38 EST: Sharp bends make rivers wander
Left to their own devices and given enough time, rivers wander, eroding their banks and leaving their old channels behind. It's a behavior that engineers have to keep in mind when managing rivers or planning projects near them. But new research has revealed that old methods for estimating migration rates may be overthinking it.

2019-02-06 14:45:06 EST: Species 'hotspots' created by immigrant influx or evolutionary speed depending on climate
New research reveals that biodiversity 'hotspots' in the tropics produced new species at faster rates over the last 25 million years, but those in temperate regions are instead full of migrant species that likely sought refuge from shifting and cooling climates.

2019-02-06 14:44:54 EST: Fossils of new oviraptorosaur species discovered in Mongolia
A new oviraptorosaur species from the Late Cretaceous was discovered in Mongolia.

2019-02-06 10:11:06 EST: Female manakins use male mating call when implanted with male hormones
Among golden-collared manakins, a bird found only in Panama and western Colombia, males emit a particular mating call, the 'chee-poo', to attract females. Researchers explore the role of androgens -- male hormones -- in the expression of this vocal behavior, by administering testosterone to females and juvenile males.

2019-02-05 11:53:46 EST: Study reveals unsettling multidrug antibiotic resistance in remote Arctic soil microbes
Analysis of soil samples show antibiotic-resistant genes have transferred into soil-microbe populations in one of Earth's most remote locations.

2019-02-05 09:05:44 EST: 'Eavesdropping' technology used to protect one of New Zealand's rarest birds
Remote recording devices used to 'eavesdrop' on a reintroduced population of one of New Zealand's rarest birds have been heralded as a breakthrough for conservation.

2019-02-04 15:40:21 EST: NW Forest Plan 25 years later: Wildfire losses up, bird populations down
Twenty-five years into a 100-year federal strategy to protect older forests in the Pacific Northwest, forest losses to wildfire are up and declines in bird populations have not been reversed, new research shows.

2019-02-04 08:59:39 EST: First discovered fossil feather did not belong to iconic bird Archaeopteryx
A 150-year-old fossil feather mystery has been solved. Researchers applied a novel imaging technique, laser-stimulated fluorescence, revealing the missing quill of the first fossil feather ever discovered, dethroning an icon in the process.

2019-01-31 12:59:21 EST: Psychologists solve mystery of songbird learning
New research shows zebra finches engage in socially guided vocal learning, where they learn their songs by watching their mothers' reactions to their immature songs.

2019-01-31 11:38:46 EST: Achieving a balance: Animal welfare and conservation
Animal care experts and veterinarians evaluate the balance between animal welfare and conservation needs for a number of rare species of native birds being raised in San Diego Zoo Global breeding centers in Hawaii. The paper shares the challenges and complexity of situations where the needs of an individual and the needs of a species are weighed, and how that balance is achieved.

2019-01-31 10:49:45 EST: Crossbreeding threatens conservation of endangered milky storks
A team of researchers has discovered that the conservation of milky storks, an endangered wading bird native to Southeast Asia, is threatened due to crossbreeding with their more widespread cousins, the painted storks. The team's findings can contribute to the design of effective solutions for conservation management of the globally endangered species.

2019-01-29 14:05:56 EST: How to send a finch extinct
An endangered Queensland bird is at risk of extinction because environmental legislation is failing to protect its habitat, according to a University of Queensland-led study. Researchers reviewed Australian and Queensland laws that protect threatened and endangered species, in light of a more than 80 percent reduction in the distribution of the southern black-throated finch's population.



eBird

The latest news from eBird (as of Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:05:12 GMT):

2018-12-03 13:52:46 +0000: A new era of eBird Science: Status and Trends
This month we are excited to announce a huge advance in the understanding of birds, only made possible using eBird data. The result of all this hard work is eBird Status and Trends"detailed population information for 107 species of North American birds, providing an unprecedented depth of information in four key areas...



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