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Feathers reveal mercury contamination in alcids in the Arctic
4. December 2020

More than a quarter of the individual auks in which mercury levels were measured outside the breeding season exceeded the toxicity threshold.

Kittiwakes find refuge on offshore oil rigs
19. November 2020

Offshore oil rigs serve as a breeding refuge for Norwegian Black-legged Kittiwakes. Although they are few in number, these birds produce more chicks than kittiwakes in natural colonies along the coast, to the benefit of the impoverished

Seabird experts in CAFF propose a new kittiwake conservation plan
4. November 2020

The Circumpolar Seabird Group under CAFF and the Arctic Council has proposed a conservation plan for the black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, a species which has been declining severely

Palm oil certification brings mixed outcomes to neighbouring communities
2. November 2020

Sustainable certification of oil palm plantations can reduce poverty, but the timing of certification is among the factors that influence the effect.

Can nature be restored?
29. September 2020

It is no longer sufficient to protect nature – there is also a need to restore what has been degraded. Ecological restorations are actions to improve the ecological condition and values of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. Mitigation and compensating measures can also be part of restoration. 

Seabirds and kelp harvest – conflict or harmony?
18. September 2020

Foraging shags and commercial kelp harvesters very often utilize the same marine areas.

How efficient are mitigation measures for bird-friendly wind power?
14. August 2020

Simple measures can make wind turbines more bird friendly. New research shows that measures such as painting the rotor blades or towers, using UV-light and smart micro-siting of wind turbines, decreases the risk for bird collisions considerably.

Vultures respond to auditory cues
20. May 2020

Vultures and other avian scavengers characteristically circle the skies, scanning the ground for carcasses. New research has revealed that these birds can, in addition to sight, respond to auditory cues indicative of potential foraging opportunit

Is it possible to restore the wild ass to the central steppes of Kazakhstan?
16. April 2020

In a world where wild spaces are becoming fewer the central steppes of Kazakhstan uniquely contain hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of grasslands which represent an amazing opportunity for wildlife conservation. However, several of the

Puffins and razorbills choose different strategies in harsh winter conditions
2. January 2020

Puffins change their diet while razorbills seek out new foraging areas.

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