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Involving Children In Conservation Is Easy!

Leaders and policymakers around the world need to wake up every morning to go to work for the next generation… This is our inalienable responsibility and duty in society, yet we choose to forget this as short-term benefits, ego and greed drive the destruction of our natural environment and marginalise young people around the world.…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #53

“Angry birds”, frogmouths, lovebirds, tyrants, woodcreepers, tits and violetears… The new Wild Bird Trust website has been updated and your wild bird photographs can now be submitted at: www.wildbirdtrust.com/top25. We are very proud to bring the wonder and vibrance of birds in the wild every week. Hundreds of amazingly skilled wild bird photographers go out everyday after work,…

Most Wild-Caught Grey Parrots Die Before Market

Researchers in the field estimate that 45-65% of wild-caught African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) die before arrival at markets and quarantine facilities in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Terese Hart, Director of the TL2 Project (www.bonoboincongo.com), clarifies that trappers lose an average of 25%, local buyers declare a 10-40% mortality rate, and air transport to…

Day #2: First-Ever Footage of Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot Feeding in High Canopy…

On the second day of filming and observation the female Cape parrot came much closer… Here is 20 seconds of amazing footage of her calling about 15 feet away from us. We witnessed her close-up on-and-off for an hour and were both shaking when we eventually left the cliff. The reason she had approached so…

Live From the Field: Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot Hanging On…

This photograph was taken by Rodnick Biljon (King William’s Town’s “Cape parrot whisperer”) under 24 hours ago… For the 11 weeks this young female Cape parrot has been stuck in this same tree, recovering from a debilitating beak and feather disease infection that destroyed her flight feathers and ripped out most of her down feathers. It…

Dead Birds Flying: Rescuing the Endangered Cape Parrot…

The National Geographic-funded Cape Parrot Project was launched in 2009 to support CONSERVATION ACTION for Africa’s most endangered parrot and one of South Africa’s most endangered birds. Ongoing research over the last 15-20 years has established that Cape parrots were previously dependent on yellowwood trees for nesting and roosting sites, as well as 99% of…

Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot Revealed Like Never Before

South Africa’s Cape parrot is among the most endangered parrots on earth with less than 1,000 adults remaining in the wild, and the constant threat of starvation and disease looming… Over the last 350 years we have done a very good job of destroying South Africa’s yellowwood forests, removing millions of millions of large hardwoods…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #10

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild…