Shore plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae)

Via Contain Cats NZ:

Shore plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae)

New Zealand status: Endemic

Conservation status: Nationally Critical

In NZ free roaming cats (domestic and feral) are a threat to the long term survival of many shorebirds.

“New Zealand shore plover are critically endangered, with only 63 breeding pairs currently known. 30 (17 from the Trust) captive-bred juveniles were first released on Motutapu Island in early 2012. In June 2013 there were four birds (one female, three males) remaining on the island – sighted at Gardiners Gap and Pig Bay. After the 2012 release several dead individuals were found in an Auckland garden, predated by cats. One dead female was also found on Takapuna Beach in Auckland due to cat predation.”

(The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, Wednesday 28th January 2015)


image (c/- NZ birds online); Shore plover. Male adult with chick. Mana Island, December 2012. Image © Glenda Rees by Glenda Rees Glenda Rees (


Here is another article in regards to the NZ shore plover:

Birds have been using the same (flight routes and) nesting grounds for thousand of years and to relocate them can be difficult and sometimes even Impossible.

It should be us humans modifying our lives around nature and doing the right things.Not the other way around.

(But as 99.9999% of the world’s population are unsuccessful in life or in one of the 3 aspects, because they are in a mental state of sleep,this state of wakening sleep causes all sort of other problems to the planet.

And it’s therefore a slow and maybe impossible task.)


Trees for birds in Peru

Birds need trees as shelter, food source and nesting place…Many species have been lost or under threat due deforestation. As birds aee essential for life on earth as they act as insect and rodent regulator, pollinatator and seed distributor we rely as much on birds as we rely on trees to exist.By saving trees and replanting Trees and by using bamboo and hemp and wood from fast growing and sustainable trees instead of good and high quality wood,  we safe also birds

Several imperiled ‪‎bird‬ species, including the Royal Cinclodes (pictured), will benefit from a massive tree planting effort in ‪Peru‬ led by ABC partner, Asociacion Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN). Over 900 people pitched in to plant over 57,000 trees during a single day, bringing the total number of trees planted to over one million.


Quiet times ahead as songbird numbers drop

Read it carefully and never forget that songbird decline and the reasons for it, are ‘worldwide’…


Is Malta’s Prime minister a liar? 5 protected birds shot so far

Makes 5 (!) birds which are known off who were illegally shot.If Prime minister Muscat is true to his word, he should shut down the season immediately -unless hes nothing more than a hot air talker.

These hunters are seriously bollocking everybody else!

Via committe against Bird Slaughter


Malta: This morning one of our teams witnessed how a hunter tried to shoot down a protected Kestrel close to the runway of the Malta International Airport in Safi. The hunter fired two shots at the falcon within less than 100 metres from the airport area. Despite an intensive police search the hunter could not be found. In a separate incident this afternoon at 1:45pm another CABS team filmed a hunter firing 4 shots in the Mizieb woodland during the afternoon curfew. The video footage which clearly shows the hunter´s face was passed on to the police who are investigating the case. The same group also found a freshly deceased Cuckoo with typical shotgun injuries hidden in a bush in the same area. The bird was passed on to the ALE. The bird was the third shot Cuckoo found in the vicinity Mizieb since the start of the spring hunting season.


Blue Streaked Lorries

This article below was written by a member of the Lory Conservation Network (LCN)

This is very alarming and we need to do something to convince the authorities in Indonesia to put this species in their list of protected birds so that the trade in this vulnerable Lory species at least decreases if not ceases.
The range of this species Blue-streaked Lory (Eos reticulata) is limited to the small islands of the Tanimbars in Indonesia.
I visit the birdmarket here in Bali frequently for the purpose of gathering information about the trade in birds especially parrots and get a direct view of what species are trapped in big numbers. Last week when I visited this market no fewer than 60 newly caught Forsten’s Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus forsteni) were being offered for sale for a price not higher than 30 US/each and in few cages there were about 10 to 13 of these Blue-streaked Lories for 60 US/each. Lovebirds fetch higher price than these so what I’m hoping for is that this African species which is already established in aviculture will be bred and offered for sale in fairly good numbers and many color variations so that the locals will chose them instead of buying a very difficult bird family to keep and feed such as lories and lorikeets. If there is no demand/buying there will be no value to trap these rare and beautiful lories.

Petition to safe the Piping Plover

Please sign the petition.

These feral cats do not belong next to ground breeding birds or on public beaches in general.

In fact cats are not even a part of nature as they are only native in Greece and Egypt.Plus they have been domesticated for a estimated twelve thousand years and as far away from their natural ancestor as a chihuahua from a wolf.

Please sign to stop the unnecessary bird killing in NY.

Via American Bird Conservancy

Baby ‪birds‬ – like chicks of threatened Piping Plover (pictured) – are helpless against the feral cats being maintained at Jones Beach State Park in ‪‎NewYork‬. These cats also pose a serious public health risk. Please sign our petition to help protect endangered wildlife and New York families!

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