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11 spectacular bird migration bottlenecks from around the world

Migratory birds move in their countless millions across the Americas, Africa and Eurasia each spring and autumn. These epic journeys often take place on broad fronts, but birds also concentrate at bottlenecks where geographical features funnel them over narrow ocean crossings, or where rich feed ...

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2020 a super year for Environment, super year of Biodiversity and will be a deciding year for the course of action for the decade: Union Environment Minister

India marks the beginning of super year of Biodiversity with the hosting of the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), an environmental treaty under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme, from 17th to 22nd Fe ...

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Africa: Big International Gathering Will Home in On Migratory Species

From whale sharks to Monarch butterflies, many animals are hardwired to migrate along set routes in search of food or a breeding area--and in some cases they've been doing this for tens of millions of years. The Arctic tern migrates the longest distances of any animal, flying over 25,000 km each ...

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Africa: World Migratory Bird Day - Birds Globally Threatened By Plastic Waste

Plastic pollution poses serious health risks to wildlife globally, affecting a wide range of species including whales, turtles, fish and birds.

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After Disappearing For 30 Years, A Certain Shark Is Back In California

Yes, this is one of those “fish swimming in the ocean” posts. But in my defense, at least it’s a really cool and really big fish.

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After record low, monarch butterflies return to California

There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies. The number wintering along California's central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health, reached an all-time low last year.

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Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well

Every spring, the UK receives swarms of insect visitors from mainland Europe—among them two species of particularly beneficial hoverflies.

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Arctic Terns arrive in the thousands to Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

The annual migration of birds from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve, has begun with an enormous flock seen swarming the Manoli Islands inside the park last weekend.

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Artificial intelligence helps scientists track birds migrating at night

Aug. 28 (UPI) -- It's difficult to track birds flying across the sky in the dark of night, but every fall and spring, millions of birds migrate through the night.

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Besides mosquitoes, what lives in a peatland?

Peatlands are biodiversity hot spots in some regions of the planet. Patagonian peatlands hold more than 200 species of insects and a wide variety of amphibians.

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Biggest Mammal Migration in the World is in Danger

As the red sun shines above a remote area of Zambia's Central province, the sky suddenly gets filled with the sound of flapping wings, and then it becomes black.

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Biologists Find Evidence of Migration Gene in Birds

Millions of migratory birds occupy seasonally favorable breeding grounds in the Arctic, but scientists know little about the formation, maintenance and future of the migration routes of Arctic birds and the genetic determinants of migratory distance.

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Bird paradise of Iran in favorable condition

Located in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, Kani Barazan, was once recorded as the first bird-sighting site in the country and birdwatchers call it Iran’s bird paradise.

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Birds of a feather flock together, but only in similar climates

One might assume that birds of flight are cosmopolitan travelers, and bird species should be distributed far and wide, spread across long distances—continents even.

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Birds of a feather start flocking together in Delhi

The nip in the air indicates winter is on its way to Delhi. Alongside, migratory birds have started arriving at Yamuna Biodiversity Park. However, the number of the species and the number of arrivals are lower this time than previous years.

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Botulism kills 10,000 birds in Miankaleh peninsula, Gorgan Bay

Some 10,000 bodies of lifeless migratory birds died as a result of botulism poisoning have been found so far around the Miankaleh peninsula and Gorgan Bay, located in the extreme south-eastern part of the Caspian Sea.

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Britain’s migratory birds ‘may stop flying south for winter’

Migratory birds including the willow warbler, the garden warbler and the nightingale may eventually stop flying south for the winter as they spend longer in their European breeding grounds.

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Can Spatial Protections in the Ocean Help Large Migratory Species?

Expert says yes—with good design, enforcement, and management

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Can the Bengal Florican Make Its Case at the Convention for Migratory Species?

Starting late last week on the 15th of February, government officials, scientists and conservationists from 130 countries gathered at Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) for the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS).

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Can the Bengal florican make its case at the Convention for Migratory Species CoP?

Starting late last week on the 15th of February, government officials, scientists and conservationists from 130 countries gathered at Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) for the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS).

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Canada geese expand range, migrate later as environment shifts

LANSING — The Canada goose is an icon of the North American wilderness. Characterized by their elongated necks and little black heads, the waterfowl are often seen flying southbound in ‘V’ formations. But in recent years, their migratory and stationary behaviors have been changing, scientists say.

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Canada’s Boreal Forest, Stopover for Billions of Birds, Merits Greater Protection

Emerging science shows area’s biodiversity is vital to migratory species

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China's migratory bird sanctuaries added to UNESCO World Heritage List

BAKU, July 5 (Xinhua) -- China's Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the coast of the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf (Phase I) were inscribed on the World Heritage List as a natural site on Friday at the ongoing 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Azerbaijan's capital here.

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City of Wild: Common cranes fly over wetland in Beijing

Common crane is a medium-sized species with gray feathers, a bare red crown and a white streak on its upper back. In Beijing's Yanqing District, you can see flocks of common cranes flying over the sky. Beijing, with varied habitats including grassy plain areas, wetlands and parks, is an attracti ...

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Climate change and human pressure mean migration may be “no longer worth it”, say researchers

Animals that migrate north to breed are being put at risk by ongoing climate change and increasing human pressure, losing earlier advantages for migration, declining in numbers and faring much worse than their resident counterparts, according to scientists writing in Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

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Climate change fuels drop in Albania's migrant birds

Thousands of migratory birds have failed to make their annual visit to Albania's western coast this winter, experts say, pointing to climate change, overfishing and urbanisation as likely factors.

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Conservation: New protections for jaguar and Asian elephant

New measures to protect the jaguar have been agreed at a wildlife summit held in India. Six countries put forward plans to strengthen protection for the spotted big cat as it roams across the borders of different countries.The species has lost about 40% of its habitat over the last 100 years.

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Deforested habitats leave migratory birds ill-prepared for journey north

To many in North America, the sound of birds among the early spring trees is the sound of renewal: after a long, cold winter, the colorful warblers and vocal thrushes have finally returned, bringing with them the promise of warming weather. It’s a seasonal phenomenon as old as time — but one tha ...

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Delegates adopt Gandhinagar Declaration, tackle global threats to migratory species

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) ended in Gandhinagar, India at the weekend, with the adoption of a number of significant resolutions and decisions to address the conservation needs as w ...

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Dim the lights for birds at night

World Migratory Bird Day, which is celebrated on both the second Saturday in May (14th) and October (8th), celebrates the migration of birds across countries and continents. This year, the campaign will be focusing on the issue of light pollution and the negative effects it is having on migrator ...

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Discover Some Of Canada’s Best Spots And Events For Birding

Birding isn’t just for avid ornithologists – the hobby appeals equally to families with young children, photographers, sustainability advocates and people seeking an excuse for a stroll.

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Drone photography raises concerns for Sri Lanka’s flamingo flock

With reddish-pink, brushstroke-like smudges on its wings, legs and large downward-curved beak, the greater flamingo is a stunning bird to watch, particularly in flight as part of a large flock.

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Early risers catch the worm at annual waterbird count in the Great Rift Valley

It’s 4am. The birders prepare for the start of the annual waterfowl count on Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo, both famous birding destinations in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.

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Ecological connectivity to be focus of UN meet on wildlife

New Delhi, Nov 19 : The theme of a major UN wildlife conference dedicated to migratory species in India early next year will be 'Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home', it was announced in Bonn on Tuesday.

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Environmental Migration a Global Challenge

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 6 2019 (IPS) - The Atlas of Environmental Migration, which gives examples dating as far back as 45,000 years ago, shows that environmental changes and natural disasters have played a role in how the population is distributed on our planet throughout history.

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Female penguins are getting stranded along the South American coast

Every year, thousands of Magellanic penguins are stranded along the South American coast—from northern Argentina to southern Brazil—1,000 kilometers away from their breeding ground in northern Patagonia.

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First come, first bred

Arriving early in the breeding area is crucial for successful reproduction in non-migratory birds find research published in Journal of Animal Ecology.

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Flocks of migratory bird land in Chaldoran wetlands

In this season, Chaldoran wetlands welcome migratory birds due to having adequate food and security, Reza Kheiri, head of the province’s department of environment said, IRIB reported on Saturday.

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For Many Wildlife Species, Migration May No Longer be Worth it Due to Climate Change and Human Pressure

The holidays are here, you hop into your car, ready to leave for your grandparents' place. It's pretty far, several hundred kilometres away, so you're going to have to make several stopovers to refuel—both the car and your tummy. But once you've left, you realise that none of the familiar eateri ...

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Have Wetlands Will Travel: Migratory Birds Benefit from Habitat Conservation in China

As northeast China freezes with the onset of winter, cranes fly south to Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater wetland sanctuary, along with hundreds of thousands of migratory wildfowl.

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Hengshui Lake in Hebei welcomes over 70 species of migratory birds

Hengshui Lake in Hebei has welcomed more than 70 species of migratory birds currently, about 100,000 in total, according to the Hengshui Lake National Nature Reserve.

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Hope takes wing as Manipur prepares to establish its first bird sanctuary

Of the thousands of migratory birds that have landed this winter at Loktak Lake, in Manipur in northeast India, the rare sighting of a once-abundant songbird with distinctive bright yellow underparts holds a different meaning for birders.

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How Birdwatchers, Others Can Help Migrating Bird Populations

The kinds of birds coming through your neighborhood are probably changing, and so is the timing of their migrations.

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How Cabo Verde is becoming a safe haven for seabirds

A new network for seabird research and conservation in Cabo Verde is already making an impact on bird species and the local communities that live alongside them

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How Migrating Snow Geese Helped Stretch My Perspective

From the Middle Creek Wildlife Management area parking lot, I hear a rumble. The noise grows as I walk a half mile to the lake, where I spot a crowd of a couple hundred people.

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How land birds cross the open ocean

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and University of Konstanz in Germany have identified how large land birds fly nonstop for hundreds of kilometers over the open ocean—without taking a break for food or rest.

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Human pressure on the Serengeti’s fringes threatens the wildlife within

Every year, millions of wildebeests, gazelles and zebras migrate between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, in one of the most iconic wildlife shows on the planet.

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Humans have driven hundreds of bird species to extinction in the last 50,000 years

Birds are apparently going through a major extinction event. According to a new study, humans have caused the extinction of up to 20% of the entire avian species diversity over the last 50,000 years.

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In photos: Migratory flamingos flock to Mumbai's Sewri mudflats

Mumbaikars were happy to see the migratory birds visiting the Sewri seashore on Wednesday

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Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island was once occupied seasonally by Guale and Mocama indigenous peoples. With the presence of European settlers, however, these peoples were executed or evacuated by both the British and French.

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