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  • NRCS Announces Additional $2 Million for Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation

    Sacramento Valley rice producers now have the opportunity to make more of a conservation investment on their working lands this year. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has received an additional $2 million for wildlife habitat conservation improvements. "We are happy to provide this additional investment to help rice producers conserve and improve ...

  • Joint paper on the Action for Biodiversity in the EU and the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives

    BatLife Europe, BirdLife Europe, Buglife-The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation Europe, CEEweb for Biodiversity, ClientEarth, EUROPARC Federation, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC), European Natural Heritage Foundation (Euronatur), Eurosite, Fern, Friends of the Earth Europe, Oceana, International Mire Conservation Group ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Loss and degradation of natural habitats threaten migratory birds, pushing species towards extinction

    The annual migration of an estimated 50 billion birds - around 19 per cent of the world's 10,000 bird species - is one of the world's great natural wonders, yet the critical staging areas migratory birds need to complete these journeys are being degraded or are disappearing completely. These increasingly vulnerable sites, which act as stepping stones on migration routes, serve as a place for the ...

  • How effectively does the Birds Directive protect birds?

    Special conservation measures for bird species are required in EU Member States under Annex I of the Birds Directive. This study measured the efficacy of the Directive by comparing the population trends of these species to those of non-Annex I species. Annex I species had more positive trends in population from 1980–2012, despite extensive climate changes. Biodiversity is in decline in all ...

  • Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds

    The Central Valley was once one of North America's most productive wildlife habitats, a 450-mile-long expanse marbled with meandering streams and lush wetlands that provided an ideal stop for migratory shorebirds on their annual journeys from South America and Mexico to the Arctic and back. Farmers and engineers have long since tamed the valley. Of the wetlands that existed before the valley was ...

  • Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day: Migratory Birds and Tourism

    This weekend, people and organisations all over the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). The theme this year is “Destination Flyways : Migratory Birds and Tourism”. WMBD was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. Wetlands International is a founding partner in this ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Mapping Natura 2000 habitats across Europe

    A recent study has described a way to accurately map the distribution of different habitats across Europe. These maps contribute to the development of a Pan-European Ecological Network1 designed to conserve and manage the natural heritage of pan-Europe. Destruction of natural habitats is a major cause of biodiversity loss and the EU has implemented a number of initiatives designed to combat this ...

  • Irrigation threatening steppe birds in Mediterranean wetlands

    Intensive irrigation of agricultural land in a Mediterranean water basin is altering the habitats of associated wetlands and changing the balance of the bird population living there, according to a recent study. The Mar Menor coastal lagoon is located in the Southeast of Spain. Inland there are an associated series of wetlands of ecological interest, protected by the Natura 2000 Network1. The ...

  • Climate Change Dislocates Migratory Animals, Birds

    NAIROBI, Kenya, November 17, 2006 (ENS) - Climate change is already having severe impacts on migratory species, from whales and dolphins to birds and turtles, and is likely to be increasingly disruptive, finds a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, released Thursday at the UN climate conference here. Migratory species are in many ways more vulnerable that other ...

  • The Best Tarmac and Airfield Bird Control Methods

    Airports are large in size and leave a lot of undeveloped land surrounding them. Pest birds take advantage of this open land by loitering on the property. Pest birds can be hazardous to these areas because they can interfere with moving aircrafts, causing bird strikes. Follow these methods to assist in getting rid of birds from tarmacs and airfields. Distress ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Climate changes to result in bird, reptile shifts

    As temperatures climb across the Southwest, researchers have found some species will win, but others stand to lose - and lose big. The U.S. Geological Survey and researchers from the University of New Mexico and Northern Arizona University released a report this week that takes a closer look at some of the effects climate change is likely to have on species such as the desert tortoise and the ...


    By Associated Press

  • UK’s largest coastal habitat flood scheme set to open in Sussex

    The country’s largest ever coastal flood realignment scheme is completed today (Monday) in Medmerry, West Sussex. The £28 million Medmerry scheme will protect 350 properties, two holiday parks and a water treatment works from coastal flooding, in addition to providing 180 hectares of habitat for wading birds such as the rare black-tailed godwit, and protected species such as the water ...

  • The Nature Conservancy entrusts CH2M to design oyster habitat restoration in Florida

    The Nature Conservancy selected CH2M to manage the monitoring, permitting and design of a 6.5-mile restoration project, which will help restore a healthy, functioning oyster habitat in East Bay near Pensacola, Florida. The Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration Project is the first phase in a multi-year effort to restore this critical estuarine habitat system that has been significantly ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Migratory birds threatened by changing environment, UN warns

    Numbers of migratory birds – considered to be some of the best gauges of the state of global biodiversity – are plunging in the face of a changing environment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today.Marking World Migratory Bird Day, the agency said that the decline is being recorded for many species along all of the main migration corridors, which birds utilize on their ...


    By United Nations

  • 35 years of cooperation to protect wild birds in Europe

    I am delighted to be here with you to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Birds Directive and the 10th anniversary of the agreement between BirdLife and FACE. It's excellent to see the hunting community adopting such a pro-active approach to bird conservation and giving such high-profile recognition to the EU nature legislation. So, my thanks to the Federation of Associations for Hunting and ...

  • Creation of new bird reserve delayed until next year

    The creation of a new bird reserve on the Tees Estuary at Greatham Creek will be delayed until next year following the discovery of contaminants in an old landfill tip next to the site. The £3.8 million Environment Agency scheme was due to be completed this month (September) with the breaching of an existing flood embankment. This will allow the tide from the estuary to wash in and out ...

  • Older and larger trees enhance woodland bird biodiversity in cities

    Managing urban green spaces to ensure that they have a good mix of tree species, including some older and larger trees, can enhance species diversity of woodland birds, a new study has shown. The study, carried out in Prague, Czech Republic, also showed that the presence of water bodies increased the number of species of woodland birds. Urban green spaces provide numerous important ecosystem ...

  • Bird Strike: the growing threat of geese to aviation safety.

    The threat to international aviation safety posed by bird strikes from geese is dramatically increasing. In parts of North America, the risk of encounters with large flocks of geese causing catastrophic air accidents has now reached a critical level. In Europe, meanwhile, the likelihood of a disaster caused by a collision between an aircraft and a flock of geese is rapidly rising. Let’s ...


    By Scarecrow Group Limited.

  • Work nears completion on £28 million Medmerry sea defence and habitat creation scheme

    The Environment Agency has announced that an ambitious project to construct 7km of new sea defences inland from the coast together with a wildlife haven at Medmerry in West Sussex is nearing completion. Construction of this £28 million project is progressing well and the flood defences are now complete. Work is nearing completion to carefully allow the sea slowly into the site in order to ...

  • Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall

    The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a pair of plans aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu viruses return or mutate in migrating ...


    By Associated Press

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