Diclofenac Threat to European Vultures, Eagles Too

Ban Veterinary Diclofenac Now! from BirdLife Europe on Vimeo.

Sign the petition: Diclofenac the Vulture killing drug is now available on EU market BAN IT NOW ! - Change.org

Europe’s vultures under threat from drug that killed millions of birds in Asia
After an ecological disaster in India, wildlife groups call for ban on vets using diclofenac in Italy and Spain. - The Guardian June 2014

Nature Studies: The drug that killed India’s birds of prey is coming to Europe – and we must stop it
There are 300 pairs of Spanish imperial eagle left. We can’t afford to lose any. - The Independent June 2014

Europe’s eagles under threat from vulture-killing drug
A drug that has already obliterated many of India’s vultures is now threatening eagles and vultures in Europe and Africa. Golden eagles may be among the species at risk. - New Scientist May 2014

New evidence published today shows that veterinary diclofenac kills eagles too
This drug is now ‘a global problem’ threatening many vulnerable birds of prey. The Spanish Imperial Eagle, a threatened and endemic Iberian species, is now at risk too! - Vulture Conservation Foundation – May 2014

New study shows vulture-killing drug kills eagles too
The results of tests carried out on two Steppe Eagles found dead in Rajasthan, India, have shown some worrying results. - Birdlife International May 2014

Vulture killing drug now available on EU market – Birdlife International, March 2014

Pioneering wildlife audit reveals 1500 exclusively ‘British’ species overseas

Birdlife International - “ One of the world’s smallest lizards, a ‘spiky’ yellow woodlouse, a blue iguana, a flightless moth, a seabird thought to be extinct for three centuries and a predatory shrimp confined to just two rockpools, are just some of the amazing 1547 species unique to the islands of the UK’s Overseas Territories, which extend from the sub-Antarctic to the tropics. The amazing haul of native and unique species, which have been highlighted during an RSPB wildlife ‘stocktake’ of the UK Overseas Territories, show these Territories contain at least 1500 endemic species: those species found nowhere else on earth…”

Bardsey Island

Bardsey: The Attraction @tweetbytheriver

Caught By The River - “Many species migrate at night, using elements of the night sky to navigate, literally the stars to guide them by. The light of the moon, too, can illuminate the land underneath these peregrinators. Gargantuan numbers of waders, warblers and thrushes fly purposefully through the dark along with a range of other species such as terns, larks, rails and starlings and these are all subject to being misdirected by the Enlli light, the Bardsey lighthouse…

Passenger Pigeon

Why the Passenger Pigeon Went Extinct – and whether it can, and should, be brought back to life.

Audubon Magazine - “In May 1850, a 20-year-old Potawatomi tribal leader named Simon Pokagon was camping at the headwaters of Michigan’s Manistee River during trapping season when a far-off gurgling sound startled him. It seemed as if “an army of horses laden with sleigh bells was advancing through the deep forests towards me,” he later wrote.”

California Condor

Reared by puppets – to breed condors in captivity, we must pull on the strings of nature. Does that matter if we save a species?

Aeon Magazine - “The condors wouldn’t leave Les Reid alone. In the late 1990s, a pack of them regularly showed up at his house in Pine Mountain Club, California, a small community northwest of Los Angeles. They clambered around on his roof, making a racket. They perched, one by one, on his large patio umbrella, seeming to enjoy the slow slide down its slippery surface and onto the deck below. Once, Reid, a former member of the Sierra Club’s board of directors, came home to find that eight young condors had ripped a hole in his screen door and were enthusiastically tearing apart his mattress. When he’d walked in on them, one of the birds had a pair of his underwear dangling from its beak…”

Red-crowned Crane

From the Archives: The Cranes of Hokkaido

Peter Matthiessen, Audobon Magazine -Renowned writer Peter Matthiessen, who died over the weekend, wrote more than 30 books as well as numerous magazine articles, including for Audubon. This story ran in the July-August 1995 issue of the magazine.

On a cold winter morning of northwest wind, the snow cone of Mount Fuji lights the sky in an aerial view never beheld by the immortal Hokusai, who painted Fuji-san from many vantage points on land and sea. On previous journeys to Japan, in spring and summer, I lived in its foothills for a week in a Zen monastery and climbed to the treeline…”


John Ash obituary

The Guardian - “My friend and colleague John Ash, who has died aged 88, had a long, varied and prolific ornithological career. His love of birds was ignited by his father in expeditions across his native Northumberland, and time alongside his boyhood friends, Matthew (later Viscount) Ridley and his younger brother Nicholas (later the Conservative MP), scaling trees on their family’s estate, Blagdon, to ring young rooks (later, it transpired, to be turned into pie by the Ridleys)…”