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Migrant Warblers in Cyprus

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Migrating warblers typically pass through Cyprus from March until May every Spring – a fact that is sadly taken advantage of by illegal poachers. But that gets me thinking of just how many warbler species migrate through Cyprus. Birds cyprus migration warblersTheir migration typically peaks about a week before the end of April however. Well, last weekend certainly held up to the rule, with April 22nd being a particularly good day.

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Autumn 2011 Report From Cyprus

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“The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Friends of the Earth (FoE) Cyprus have now released the report on their bird protection camp during the peak of bird migration in autumn 2011. This contrasts sharply with the comparatively weak efforts of the law enforcement agencies in this critical area, where the pressure on migratory birds through illegal trapping is at its greatest. Asides cyprus

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Killing Birds in Cyprus – Fall 2011 Version

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In Cyprus it also means that the hunters and trappers are active again. BirdLife Cyprus started their Fall monitoring program weeks ago. There are also hunters in Cyprus, which are an entirely different situation. Still, it is worth noting that some illegal hunting occurs, and this needs to be policed. If you’re unfamiliar with that story, here’s a video that’ll clue you in from BirdLife Cyprus: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kk4B4YJWiQ

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European Call to End Bird Trapping

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The big story of the fortnight in Cyprus isn’t about birds, but it crosses the path of birding (kinda). From July 6-8, there was a European conference in Larnaca about illegal bird killing , organized by Terra Cypria. It seems that it came off rather well, and was co-organized by the Cyprus Game Fund and members of the Bern Convention. Which gets me to the real big news in Cyprus of the fortnight, indirectly anyway. So it’s not a good week in Cyprus!

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Champions of the Flyway – the Dakar Rally of Birding

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During this year’s competition, each team raised money for – and awareness of – the illegal trapping of migratory birds in Cyprus , a fitting cause for a race that celebrates the miracle of migration. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is a crucial stop-over for migrating birds. Since 1974 it has been illegal to harvest birds there with mist-nets and limesticks.

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Bird Conservation News: The Good, The Bad (and Ugly), and More Good

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The survival of songbirds depends in part upon eliminating illegal hunting. The organization dismantled nearly 9,000 traps on Cyprus last year. Confiscated from a poacher in Brescia, Italy, this robin will be released to fly away into an uncertain world, where habitat is threatened and predators and poachers await. Photo by David Guttenfelder, courtesy of National Geographic ). If you are a migratory bird in Europe and western Asia, this is your sweet spot.

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A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects: A Review

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40, 1895) helped me appreciate practices that were essential to the late 19 th century naturalist, though controversial and, in the case of oology, illegal today. Do you include objects related to conservation–a copy of Silent Spring , maybe a photo of one of the lime traps that kill thousands of songbirds in Cyprus? We love our stuff, stuff being the term affectionately given to the objects with which we populate our lives.

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