BirdLife Estonia

Our mission is to ensure the good status of Estonian birds through research, protection and education.

Photo: Kauro Kuik
Photo: Kauro Kuik

New research station protects Madagascar forest from the inside out

Geographical isolation and rugged terrain have given rise to astounding wildlife within Madagascar’s Tsitongambarika Forest, but have also made it difficult to reach and protect – until recently. Introducing Ampasy Research Station: a hub for community support and enabling forest conservation from the inside out.

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Fish Tales – Episode 4: Belhaj from Morocco

"My name is Belhaj. I live in Morocco. I’m 42 years old and I've been a fisherman for 18 years.”

Being a fisher. Caring for nature.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by the sea, that’s why I chose to become a fisher. Sure, it's a job that requires a lot of patience, but sometimes, when you are at sea, you can have unexpected company, like turtles. That always makes me happy.

Unfortunately, sometimes other animals get caught in our fishing nets. It might take some time, but it’s important for me to put them back in the water, to save them.

Why? Because we need to protect marine biodiversity. Otherwise, we will create an imbalance. With climate change and pollution, human activities are already damaging marine life, so we try our best to respect the sea, and nature in general.

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Latest birds observations from eElurikkus

27. May 2020
Perdix perdix (Grey Partridge) 1 Mariliis Paal, Uku Paal Tartu,
Iduna caligata (Booted Warbler) 1 Mariliis Paal, Uku Paal Tartu,
Dendrocopos major (Great Spotted Woodpecker) 1 Tiiu Tali Ilmatsalu,
Locustella fluviatilis (River Warbler) 1 Tiiu Tali Ilmatsalu,
Dendrocopos minor (Lesser Spotted Woodpecker) 1 Sergei Kolon Kohila vald, Kohila alev
Hippolais icterina (Icterine Warbler) 1 Uku Paal, Mariliis Paal Tartu linn, Veeriku park
Acrocephalus palustris (Marsh Warbler) 1 Uku Paal, Mariliis Paal Tartu linn, Veeriku park
Larus ridibundus (Black-headed Gull) 2 Kaspar Kolk Tartu linn, Vanemuise tn
Sterna hirundo (Common Tern) 5 Kaspar Kolk Tartu linn, Vanemuise tn
Larus canus (Mew Gull) 1 Kaspar Kolk Tartu linn, Vanemuise tn