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Researchers used drone technology, satellite imagery and good, old-fashioned counting © Christian Aslund

How a new network of Marine Protected Areas would help penguins

Mon, 18/01/2021
Since explorers first set eyes on Antarctica over 200 years ago, human activity has been impacting its wildlife. A new study led by BirdLife pinpoints some of the most important sites for penguins in Antarctic waters, adding weight behind the proposal to instate a network of Marine Protected Areas.
Traslasierra National Park plays host to the Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Near Threatened) © Tony Morris / Flickr

Major national park expansion for South America’s other big forest

Wed, 13/01/2021
Great news for the Gran Chaco, South America’s second largest forest and home to a host of rare and threatened species. This year, a major national park in Argentina will expand its size by almost 50% – benefiting both wildlife and local livelihoods.
Western Red Colobus © Peter Ichman

Saving the Gola Forest: reimagining forest conservation in West Africa

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.
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Endangered) in courtship display © Ben Dilley

Namibian fishery reduces seabird deaths by 98%

Thu, 07/01/2021
After over a decade of work with the country’s fishing industry, the Albatross Task Force in Namibia are celebrating a major conservation success. A new paper shows that seabird deaths in the Namibian demersal longline fishery have been reduced by 98%, which equates to 22,000 birds saved every year.
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.
Madagascar pond-heron with internuptial plumage © Gilles ADT

Restoring wet meadows to protect the Madagascar pond-heron in Mayotte

Tue, 22/12/2020
Wet meadows are critical reservoirs of biodiversity, but they have declined in Mayotte due to pollution, urbanization and invasive species, among others. Restoration efforts have been ongoing since August 2020 to protect critical breeding sites for the Madagascar Pond-heron.
© Nature Mauritanie

6 ways we’ve kept the Spring Alive spirit strong in 2020

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.
The Secretarybird is now Endangered © Johan Swanepoel / Shutterstock

Red List 2020: why are iconic African savannah raptors declining?

Mon, 21/12/2020
Some wildlife encounters are unforgettable. But this year’s Red List update brings news that three captivating African raptor species are declining alarmingly fast due to multiple threats. Urgent action is needed to ensure these icons of the savannah don’t only exist as memories.
© Laurentiuss / Shutterstock

Crucial Steps towards Bird-safe Energy Infrastructure in Ethiopia

Fri, 18/12/2020
Under the National Electrification Program, Ethiopia will build thousands of new power lines in the next five years, which could have a terrible impact on birds. We are fighting hard to ensure the use of bird-safe poles design... and we can already celebrate several successes!