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A new study lead by Dutch scientists found that experimental warming increased biomass accumulation and sped up the decline in nitrogen concentration of forage plants at the Arctic breeding site but not at temperate wintering and stop-over sites. Increasing spring temperatures in the Arctic will thus shorten the food peak of nitrogen-rich forage at the breeding rounds. [Read more]
Geese caught in cold spell in Bulgaria - photo Ralica Georgieva The sudden onset of winter in parts of Europe, particularly in the south-east of the continent, with extreme low temperatures and heavy snow storms has been affecting waterbird populations. [Read more]
migrating waterbirds in Kazakhstan - © Alexey Timoshenko In November last year the Committee on Forestry and Wildlife of Kazakhstan has introduced a ban on spring hunting, which covers in the period 16th February to 14th June. In addition there has been reduction of the bag limit per hunter per day, which now reduced to 5 birds. [Read more]
Mixed flock of Redbreasts grazing in a field in NE Bulgaria Lead shot is the preferred ammunition for many hunters. It is highly toxic and causes high mortality in many wildfowl, including non-target species, which accidentally ingest spent shot pellets along with grit, used to aid digestion. It was currently unknown if lead poisoning was an issue in Red-breasted Geese, what the potential sources of lead are for this species, or whether lead poses a greater risk in particular parts of the flyway. [Read more]
On 3 July 2016 in Ottawa, Canada after a long period of ill health pioneer waterbird researcher Hugh Boyd passed away.  Hugh was a pioneer of waterbird science and helped lay the foundations of AEWA as well as being a great supporter of the Ramsar Convention.  In the UK, he helped establish from scratch a great deal of the essential work, now taken for granted, such as systematic counts, the use of ringing in understanding demographics, studies of age ratios and aerial surveys.  Moving to Canada, he provided great impetus to the work of the migratory bird sectio [Read more]
The tagged Redbreast - © Green Balkans The story of this Redbreast started in February 2014 when the BSPB field team of the “Safe Ground for Redbreasts” saved the bird from a private home from NE Bulgaria in Kavarna. The bird was with cut off flight feathers so it was transported into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre managed by Green Balkans in the town of Stara Zagora. The bird stayed there for a year and had its feathers back in proper state to be released. [Read more]
Here is what colleague from ROS/BirdLife Romania report on the story about Decebal: After last summer was interrupted the signal from the transmitter mounted on Darko. This happened  in Russia, on the road to nesting territories of Siberia. The same thing happened this winter with our champion - Decebal. [Read more]
         A new report has been published by the SUtainable Waterbird Harvest SG of Wetlands International. This report shows that the EU Birds Directive and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement at the flyway level provide an adequate legal framework for sustainable management of waterbird populations. Nevertheless, despite the existence of an adequate legal framework, almost half of the populations of species listed on Annex II of the Birds Directive have a declining short-term trend and over half of them are listed in Columns A and B of AEWA, i.e. [Read more]

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