From Wildlife Extra:
First Houbara bustard release in Libya
March 2009. 209 (102 males and 107 females) houbara bustards have been released in Libya. The bustards had been produced in captivity in 2008 at the Emirates Center for Wildlife Propagation, in Missour, Morocco.
H.E. Mohammed Al Bowardi, Deputy Chairman of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, said that the Houbara release is part of the UAE efforts to protect the Asiatic Houbara and to increase its declining population in its geographic distribution in Asia and North Africa. The Houbara is under threat due to the destruction of its wintering and breeding habitat, over-trapping, over-hunting and illegal trade.
Endangered birds freed in Algeria: some 500 captive houbara bustards have been released into the wild: here.
The Pakistan federal government has apparently issued 28 special permits to the rulers, members of ruling families and other dignitaries [sic] of four Gulf states to hunt the internationally protected Houbara bustard during the 2010-2011 season. Hunting of Houbaras by Pakistanis is banned under wildlife laws, but their government is willing to flog rare wildlife off to its rich neighbours. Shameful and disgraceful: here.
The First Great Bustard chicks hatch in the UK for 177 years: here.
Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps has been uplisted to Critically Endangered, the highest level of threat. Hunting, disturbance, habitat loss and fragmentation have all conspired to reduce this magnificent species to perhaps as few as 250 individuals: here.
Birdwatching in Libya: here.