This discovery highlights the vital role of local people in gathering information in remote areas © M Suranto
25 Feb 2021

Bird missing for 172 years rediscovered in Borneo rainforest

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.
Even loud noise can be enough to frighten parent birds away from the nest ©
25 Feb 2021

How to protect bird nests: if you love them, leave them alone

Every spring, birds devote a huge amount of time and energy to looking after their eggs and chicks. If you want to give them a helping hand, here are some simple tips that you can follow in your garden and local area to keep nesting birds safe.
Solar panels could help solve the climate crisis - as long as they don't harm habitats © unspash
24 Feb 2021

New global guidelines: a nature-friendly transition to renewable energy

BirdLife has joined forces with big voices in the conservation and energy sectors to develop a new set of global renewable energy guidelines. These best-practice steps outline how to keep nature safe as the world moves to more sustainable energy sources.
Fishers near Zembra island, Tunisia © Louis Marie Preau
23 Feb 2021

Supporting the artisanal fishers of Zembra

How purchasing fishing equipment for Tunisian fishers can protect a marine environment in the long term
Ancient Olive Orchards in Palestine - © Ahmad Al Omari
22 Feb 2021

Growing hope for plant conservation in Palestine

From vibrant flower carpets amongst ancient olive trees, to small, encroached patches of purple petals on hillsides, Palestine’s plants are special. And now there’s a growing movement to protect them
Knobbed Hornbill, BirdLife International

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Team members from EnvPro and E-grupa © Mihailo Jovićević
19 Feb 2021

The new wave of plant conservationists in the Balkans

Move over bearded botanists: a new generation of young expert plant scientists are scaling remote Balkan mountains to save extremely rare plants found nowhere else – some with ranges smaller than a football field
With 3m wingspan, Andean Condor is one of the largest flying birds © Don Mammoser / Shutterstock
16 Feb 2021

Red List update: the plight of the condor

Andean Condors are becoming increasingly scarce because of habitat loss, poisoning and persecution. They’re now considered Vulnerable as of the latest Red List update, leading us to ask: has the vulture poisoning crisis spread to the Americas?
The Indian Peafowl's tail is a particularly dramatic 'sexual ornament' © Dinesh Kannambadi
12 Feb 2021

Sexual selection: when evolution gets intimate

How could outrageously impractical plumage like the peacock’s tail possibly have evolved through natural selection? We delve into the secrets of sexual selection, a kind of evolution that initially left Charles Darwin baffled…
Ngone Diop Coastal Seabirds Project Officer, BirdLife Africa
09 Feb 2021

Women in science: meet the BirdLife researchers closing the gender gap

Today we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In recognition of the critical role women play in the advancement of knowledge, we would like to broadcast some of BirdLife’s most amazing and inspiring female researchers and collaborators worldwide.
The Great Green Macaw was classed as Critically Endangered last year © Evgeniapp / Shutterstock
08 Feb 2021

Red List update: parrots of the Americas in peril

One of the planet’s most beleaguered avian groups, the neotropical parrots, took another hit in the 2020 Red List, with a further four species moved to a higher threat category. However, success stories from our American Partners show that hope remains.

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Eurasian Tree Sparrows on a tree branch © HIH Princess Takamado
05 Feb 2021

Chubby Sparrows in Winter

Common and familiar with muted plumage, it's easy to take the Eurasian Tree Sparrow for granted. But a cautionary tale from history shows just how vital this bird is, and how you often don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone. From "Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, February, 2021.
A new dam could displace indigenous communities along the Agos River, Philippines © Haribon Foundation
04 Feb 2021

Putting people and rights at the heart of conservation

Healthy economies and societies need a healthy environment, so conserving nature is good for people – but for it to be both equitable and effective, conservation has to be done with and for local people. Key to this is recognising and implementing the universal right to a healthy environment, including the rights and role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and embedding these provisions in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Atewa Forest has been hailed as one of the 38 most important places on earth for nature © Jeremy Lindsell
03 Feb 2021

Major manufacturing companies oppose mining in Atewa Forest, Ghana

Controversial plans to mine for bauxite in Ghana’s Atewa Forest – a Key Biodiversity Area – have received opposition from three global manufacturing companies who would have been major customers. This new development means the mine would not only be disastrous for biodiversity and human health, but now business too.
Great Knots (Endangered) and Bar-tailed Godwits (Near Threatened) feed here © Jens Eriksen
02 Feb 2021

Irreplaceable: Barr Al Hikman, Arabian peninsula shorebird haven

Barr Al Hikman in Oman is a vital rest stop for more than half a million birds, boasting some of the highest shorebird densities of any intertidal mudflat. The formal protection of this site would therefore secure a crucial, truly irreplaceable, hub for migratory birds.
Lesser flamingo (phoeniconaias minor) © Josh More
25 Jan 2021

Death by collision: Counting the cost of power lines on birds in Kenya

Powerlines are a huge danger to birds when not located in proper places, killing hundreds of millions every year from collision and electrocution. In Kenya, the routing of a new power line just at the edge of an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area, home to thousands of waterbirds, will be a death trap for birds
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo

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