The 10th May is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) an annual initiative, co-ordinated by UNEP/CMS, to raise awareness about the issues around migratory birds and their habitats. In many ways it is also a global celebration about the wonder of bird migration and the amazing journeys that many species make twice each year.
Although the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) population has increased in some sites in Europe as a result of conservation actions, rapid population declines in the remainder of its range are suspected of continuing and therefore it is listed as Globally Vulnerable by BirdLife International and IUCN.
Doğa, the BirdLife partner in Turkey, has recently launched a new conservation programme for Globally Threatened steppe birds in extensive steppes of Turkey. The initiative will target the Sociable Lapwing, Egyptian Vulture, Steppe and Imperial Eagles,
The Marine Turtle Conservation Project in North Cyprus is a collaboration between the Society for Protection of Turtles, The North Cyprus Environmental Protection Department and the University of Exeter’s Marine Turtle Research Group. Since 1992 the group have undertaken monitoring and protection of loggerhead and green turtle nesting sites across the North Cyprus coast and in recent years, green turtle nesting numbers have increased . . .
During 25-30 October 2015 the youth committee of BirdLife Sweden visited Azerbaijan to study bird migration at Besh Barmag but also to meet with local young naturalists and initiate further co-operation. The trip was a great success – we counted a quarter of a million migrating birds of 150 species in just three field days, as well as visiting a national park visit and having dinner with Nature Friends Azerbaijan.
Undiscovered owls by Magnus Robb & The Sound Approach
Published by The Sound Approach, 12 Market Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1NF, UK. Pp 308. 4 Audio CDs. 2015. Available from publisher £39.95 (including P&P: http://soundapproach.co.uk/product/undiscovered-owls/) ISBN: 978-90-810933-7-8
Whether as a symbol of wisdom and intelligence or of great evil, owls are entwined in the fabric
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