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With 3m wingspan, Andean Condor is one of the largest flying birds © Don Mammoser / Shutterstock

Red List update: the plight of the condor

Tue, 16/02/2021
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 Andean Condor is now classed as Vulnerable to extinction © reisegraf.ch / Shutterstock

Red List 2020: Andean Condor heads list of...

Mon, 14/12/2020
Poisoned, poached, persecuted – iconic raptors such as the Andean Condor, Secretarybird and Martial Eagle have moved to higher threat categories in this year’s update to the IUCN Red List, sparking fears that the crisis that brought many Asian and African vultures to the edge of extinction has spread to new continents and species.
San Cristóbal Mockingbird © Mike's Birds

Latest research: hope for threatened island birds...

Tue, 08/12/2020
Join us for a bite-sized round-up of advances published in our journal Bird Conservation International. Highlights include a species that’s learning to live alongside humans, the positive impacts of protected areas, and the next urgent challenge…
Aves Argentinas staff demonstrate bird-safe measures to fishermen © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force in the Americas: working...

Wed, 29/01/2020
BirdLife's Albatross Task Force works with fishing crews on board their ships to introduce seabird-saving measures in focal countries. Here's an update of the programme's successes in the Americas.
Grey-headed Albatross pair at Diego Ramírez archipelago, Chile © Cristián G. Suazo

Chile announces vital new regulations to protect...

Wed, 25/09/2019
At the end of last month, the Chilean Government took a vital and welcome step towards saving thousands of seabirds from being needlessly killed in their trawl fisheries by introducing new regulations making the use of mitigation measures mandatory.
A purse seine vessel off the coast of Chile © Luis Cabezas

Going for Green: Chile purse seine project...

Tue, 18/09/2018
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.
Black-browed Albatross © Stephanie Winnard

7 amazing things the Albatross Task Force has...

Thu, 13/09/2018
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.
The couple ran 6,504 miles (10,467km) in 15 months © Katharine & David Lowrie

Meet the couple who ran the length of South...

Mon, 11/06/2018
We interview Katharine Lowrie: part of a record-breaking couple who sailed the Atlantic to begin an ultra-marathon through South America, all to raise money and awareness for wildlife and wild places.
Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross...

Fri, 22/12/2017
Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.
An Endangered Yellow-eyed Penguin found dead in the net of a fishing trawler © Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand

Tangled and drowned: new study links penguin...

Thu, 30/11/2017
Every year, an estimated 400,000 seabirds worldwide are killed after getting unintentionally snared in gillnets while diving for food. A new review highlights that even penguins – the master swimmers of the avian world – aren’t safe from their clutches, and pinpoints where the threat is most acute.
Volunteers have helped rescue wildlife affected by Chile's wildfires © CODEFF

Going through fire and water to save wildlife

Fri, 03/03/2017
An interview dedicated to all of the unrewarded volunteers that continue to help wildlife affected by the worst fires in Chile's modern history.
Voluntarios han estado rastreando los bosques en busca de fauna afectada por los incendios © CODEFF

Héroes contra el fuego

Tue, 28/02/2017
Grupos de voluntarios han estado rastreando los bosques en busca de fauna afectada por los recientes incendios en Chile.
Struck by trawl cables at sea. Black-browed Albatross on Bird Island, South Georgia (Georgias del Sur) © Stephanie Winnard

Estimates are in: 25,000 seabirds die in southern...

Tue, 21/02/2017
Unsettling new seabird bycatch data from Chile and Argentina urges BirdLife's Albatross Task Force and fisheries observers to act immediately to get new rules enforced
 Forest fires that are battering central and southern Chile © Shutterstock

‘Worst ever’ forest fires ravage Chile’s wildlife

Fri, 03/02/2017
Wild animals are fleeing the forests towards inhabited areas in search of food and shelter as forest fires batter central and southern Chile.
Los incendios en el centro y sur de Chile están afectando a la fauna silvestre © CODEFF

Incendios forestales en Chile y su afectación a...

Thu, 02/02/2017
CODEFF (BirdLife Chile) necesita tu ayuda para cuidar de los animales afectados por los incendios que afectan el país.
One of Bristly's fourteen remaining companions. Female Stresemann's Bristlefront spotted by Ciro Albano

Say ‘no’ to extinction: saving Bristly and his 14...

Thu, 28/04/2016
Some species cling to existence on mere scraps of remaining habitat until… they’re gone. And once they’re gone, there is no turning back. But while those few individuals resist we have a chance to save them. A chance we are not going to miss.
Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 72, one of the Earth’s foremost conservationists

Defender of nature Douglas Tompkins dies in...

Wed, 09/12/2015
Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 72, one of the Earth’s foremost conservationists, died following a kayaking accident in Chilean Patagonia. Douglas and his wife, Kristin McDivitt Tompkins, have supported conservation projects which included acquiring roughly 2.2 million acres in Patagonia to make the world’s largest private nature reserve.

Saving the Humboldt Penguin in Central Chile

Mon, 16/11/2015

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