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Development of novel microsatellite markers for the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and their utility in cross-species amplification

Posted on 12. September, 2016.

The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is a large forest raptor with a Holarctic distribution and, in some portions of its range, a species of conservation concern. 


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Joint Iraqi, UK team set to work on major new conservation initiative in Iraq

Posted on 20. June, 2012.

Thanks to a £300,000 grant from Defra’s Darwin Initiative, a major new three year conservation programme is starting in Iraq. Focusing on the mountainous region of Kurdistan the project will involve experts from  BirdLife International and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), in partnership with Nature Iraq.


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US birds threatened by mining claim markers

Posted on 20. June, 2012.

The US Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, and the American Bird Conservancy have begun identifying and implementing solutions to prevent bird deaths from open PVC mining claim markers. The American Bird Conservatory estimates that the markers account for more than a million bird deaths per year.


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Bulletin highlights success in recovering endangered bird populations

Posted on 20. June, 2012.

The April–May-June 2012 edition of the Endangered Species Bulletin highlights the work the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are doing to conserve endangered bird species and the habitats they depend on.


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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission to protect albatrosses

Posted on 19. June, 2012.

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has agreed to measures that, if appropriately implemented by tuna longline fishing vessels, will result in significant reductions in albatross mortality.


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UK to improve implementation of the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives

Posted on 19. June, 2012.

A new UK cross-Government unit is to be set up to help developers deliver large infrastructure projects that promote sustainable development by supporting growth and protecting valued habitats and species, according to Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.


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Bird flu affects Bangladesh DOC production

Posted on 19. June, 2012.

The avian influenza outbreaks in Bangladesh at the end of 2011 have taken their toll on the domestic agriculture sector. As well as poultry farms, the disease ravaged a number of breeding farms and thus production of day-old chicks (DOC) of both broilers and layers slumped this year, according to WorldPoultry.net.


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FAO Food Outlook: poultry production and trade on the rise

Posted on 18. June, 2012.

The FAO has released its biannual Food Outlook, which reports that poultry meat production in 2012 is forecast to increase by 1.8% from 2011 estimates to 103.5 million tonnes. Poultry meat trade is to increase by 31% to 13 million tonnes. Most of the growth will be from Asia, primarily China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Turkey.


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Bird droppings show effects of environmental change

Posted on 18. June, 2012.

New research findings highlight how deposits of animal droppings are scientifically important for determining the impact of environmental change on threatened species.


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