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More than 700,000 migratory warblers over nine hours

7 Jun

There are good days birding, and then there are those spectacular days when you see hundeds of thousands of migrating warblers. Wait, you haven’t had one of those?

Well, earlier this week, six birders experienced exactly that, and their account, detailed in an absolutely bonkers eBird checklist, has the whole bird world abuzz. According to the report, early Monday morning the six birders arrived at the Tadoussac dunes, a popular birding destination in Quebec, Canada, hoping to see migrating warblers during their morning flight—a phenomenon that occurs when birds pushed off their typical migration pattern during the night reorient themselves at first light. With strong southwesterly winds the night before, the team was hopeful to see birds heading southward to correct their routes. Nine hours later, they ended up having a historic day.

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Spreading the word on migratory birds

13 May

A major bird conservation conference has been held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The Summit for Flyways took place from 23-26 April and brought together over 100 top bird scientists, conservationists, donors and policy influencers to discuss efforts to conserve migratory birds and their habitats.

The United Arab Emirates is a refuge for a variety of terrestrial and marine migratory birds, and the conference saw the launch by the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME) of a new Arabic language Birds of the Middle East field guide app.

The event also saw the launch of BirdLife International’s State of the World’s Birds 2018. Five years in the making, it provides a snapshot of the health of not only the world’s birds, but the ecosystems they represent.

BirdLife International organized the event, in association with UN Environment’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, and others.


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