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Birdlife International

The latest news from Birdlife International (as of Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:04:02 GMT):

2019-07-15 23:01:00 +0000: Welcome to Iguana island: the land where reptiles rule
The Turks & Caicos Islands harbour two remaining strongholds for an endemic, Critically Endangered rock iguana, under threat from invasive mammals and development. Now a partnership of NGOs is working hard to ensure the 'Iguana Island' remains worthy of its name.

2019-07-11 23:01:00 +0000: Forest conservation project converts bee-burners to beekeepers on Príncipe Island
On the small island of Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea, a community beekeeping project is empowering communities to obtain honey in a way that doesn't risk their lives. This initiative is already restoring forests and enriching livelihoods.

2019-07-10 10:21:01 +0000: Canada delta in danger from trading port expansion
Fraser River Delta is one of British Columbia's most vital habitats for migratory shorebirds, and the site of a major discovery about how shorebirds feed. Two BirdLife Partners, Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, are joining forces with BC Nature to halt plans for a huge trading port on-site.

2019-07-08 09:05:40 +0000: Highlights from the 'International Dawn Chorus 2019' radio broadcast
Earlier this summer, our Irish partner BirdWatch Ireland had the great honour of co-producing the biggest and most ambitious live natural history radio broadcast ever made - the International Dawn Chorus Day. Niall Hatch who took part in the broadcast, shares his highlights from the day.

2019-07-06 09:05:40 +0000: Victory for Montenegro's bird paradise!
Ulcinj Salina has been declared a national protected area! For the past 15 years, our Montenegrin partner CZIP has fought tirelessly to block a controversial building development poised to destroy one of Europe's most important migratory bird sites.

2019-07-05 10:50:49 +0000: Yellow Sea shorebird habitats secure World Heritage listing
Key sites along the Chinese coastline of the Yellow Sea have secured World Heritage status, a lifeline for 17 globally threatened migratory shorebird species that rely on these habitats. The decision follows tireless advocacy from BirdLife Australia and reflects China's role as a leader in global conservation.

2019-07-03 15:57:30 +0000: Record number of Blue-throated Macaw chicks fledged
A record number of Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw chicks fledged from nest boxes at a reserve in Bolivia this past year. This resulted in a total of 81 juvenile Blue-throated Macaws joining the wild adults, a significant addition to a species population that is estimated not to exceed 450 individuals.

2019-07-03 13:31:05 +0000: 'Bird-safe window' movement reaches over 5 million people
Colliding with glass is a big danger for birds. This year, our children's programme Spring Alive inspired young people across Europe and Central Asia to take action to make their windows bird-safe, transforming schools, homes and reaching millions through prime time TV.

2019-07-02 12:40:09 +0000: Meet the former tiger hunter turned forest protector
It is said that a tiger cannot change its stripes. Yet, after hunting and killing a tiger himself for the subsistence of his family, now-BirdLife employee Mem Mai proves that people can change their ways, especially when given the opportunity.

2019-06-28 14:13:14 +0000: BirdLife calls for Urgent High-level Support for African Vultures

BirdLife International is unequivocally condemning the recent poisoning of 537 Critically Endangered vultures by elephant poachers in the Central District of Botswana.



Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The latest news from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (as of Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:04:02 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 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:04:04 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 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:04:05 GMT):

2019-07-16 17:41:09 EDT: Salt regulation among saltmarsh sparrows evolved in 4 unique ways
A new study finds that different bird species in the same challenging environment -- the highly saline ecosystem of tidal marshes along ocean shores -- were able to evolve unique species-specific ways to address the same problem.

2019-07-16 10:34:02 EDT: Long live the long-limbed African chicken
For generations, household farmers in the Horn of Africa have selectively chosen chickens with certain traits that make them more appealing. Some choices are driven by the farmers' traditional courtship rituals; others are guided by more mundane concerns, such as taste and disease resistance. The result is the development of a genetically distinct African chicken -- one with longer, meatier legs, according to new research . But that 3,000-year-old local breed type is threatened by the introduction of commercial cluckers.

2019-07-15 10:52:24 EDT: More farmers, more problems: How smallholder agriculture is threatening the western Amazon
Small-scale farmers are posing serious threats to biodiversity in northeastern Peru -- and the problem will likely only get worse.

2019-07-12 13:33:36 EDT: Hear them roar: How humans and chickadees understand each other
Is there something universal about the sounds we make that allows vocal learners -- like songbirds -- to figure out how we're feeling? Sounds like it, according to new research.

2019-07-11 14:14:11 EDT: House mouse shapes Toxoplasma gondii distribution
The humble house mouse has dramatically shaped parasitic Toxoplasma gondii populations in West Africa and around the world, according to new research. As different strains affect their hosts differently, the research provides insights into which populations are infecting humans and animals and suggests mechanisms for their intercontinental spread.

2019-07-11 14:14:07 EDT: Bird with unusually long toes found fossilized in amber
Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated third toe. The study suggests that this bird might have used its toes to hook food out of tree trunks. This is the first time such a foot structure has been observed in birds.

2019-07-08 11:24:43 EDT: Wind, warmth boost insect migration
Researchers equipped monarch butterflies and green darner dragonflies with radio transmitters and tracked them through southern Ontario and several northern States to learn how environmental factors affect daytime insect migration. Learning about what happens to insects during their migration may help in conservation efforts. The study found wind and temperature are more important influences than precipitation for bugs on autumn migration flights spanning thousands of kilometers between their breeding and wintering grounds.

2019-07-02 16:01:14 EDT: Is wildfire management 'for the birds?'
Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk of large and destructive wildfires in the region, these iconic animals face the real threat of losing even more of their forest habitat. Wildfire management -- through prescribed burning and restoration thinning -- could help save the species, argues a new article.

2019-07-01 14:46:52 EDT: Analysis finds US ecosystems shifting hundreds of miles north
Researchers used 50 years of data on bird distributions and concluded that ecosystems have shifted northward by hundreds of miles. The data suggests that climate change and other phenomena are at play.

2019-06-26 20:03:13 EDT: Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave
A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

2019-06-26 16:03:39 EDT: Honeybees infect wild bumblebees through shared flowers
Viruses in managed honeybees are spilling over to wild bumblebee populations though the shared use of flowers, a first-of-its-kind study reveals. This research suggests commercial apiaries may need to be kept away from areas where there are vulnerable native pollinator species, like the endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

2019-06-26 13:38:16 EDT: Former war refugee maps habitat for West African bird
A former war refugee has projected the geographic distribution of a West African bird through 2050.

2019-06-26 12:50:12 EDT: The case of the poisoned songbirds
Researchers present their results from a toxicological investigation into a mortality event involving songbirds.

2019-06-25 23:37:07 EDT: Blue color tones in fossilized prehistoric feathers
Examining fossilized pigments, scientists have uncovered new insights into blue color tones in prehistoric birds.

2019-06-25 17:34:38 EDT: Pine woodland restoration creates haven for birds in Midwest
Researchers have shown in a new study that restoration of pine woodlands, through the combined use of intentional, managed fires and strategic thinning of tree density, has a strikingly beneficial effect on a diverse array of birds, some of which are facing sharp declines from human-driven impacts like climate change and habitat loss.

2019-06-24 11:15:34 EDT: Additions, deletions, and changes to the official list of North American birds
The latest supplement to the American Ornithological Society's checklist of North and Middle American birds includes several major updates to the organization of the continent's bird species. The official authority on the names and classification of the region's birds, the checklist is consulted by birdwatchers and professional scientists alike and has been published since 1886.

2019-06-24 11:15:02 EDT: A solarium for hens? How to increase the vitamin D content of eggs
Many people suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. This can result in brittle bones and an increased risk of respiratory diseases. Chicken eggs are a natural source of vitamin D and one way to, at least partially, compensate for this deficiency. A team of nutritionists and agricultural scientists has found a new way to further increase the vitamin D content of eggs: by exposing chickens to UV light.

2019-06-20 12:14:31 EDT: Spiders risk everything for love
A biology study finds that blue jays can easily spot wolf spiders engaged in their courtship rituals. The results demonstrate the powerful influence of sexual selection.

2019-06-20 09:59:55 EDT: Global data resource shows genetic diversity of chickens
A total of 174 chicken breeds are described in a publicly accessible database which scientists have built up in recent years. This database, the Synbreed Chicken Diversity Panel (SCDP), includes information about a large proportion of the available chicken species and their diversity. The researchers created a family tree of exceptional completeness and detail.

2019-06-19 23:23:24 EDT: Fresh look at mysterious Nasca lines in Peru
Using a taxonomic approach, scientists have re-identified the huge birds drawn on the desert plains of Peru as hermits or pelicans.



eBird

The latest news from eBird (as of Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:05:06 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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