German police accused North Africans falsely


This video says about itself:

5 January 2017

German police in Cologne apologise after referring to North Africans as “Nafris” in a tweet. The police department has, however, defended racially profiling them during New Year festivities.

Translated from Judith van de Hulsbeek, Dutch NOS TV correspondent in Germany:

Hardly any North Africans in Cologne at New Year

Today, 16:31

Among the large groups of men who went to the New Year celebration in Cologne this year came, there appear to have been hardly any North Africans. This is in contrast to what the German police said before. …

After the New Year events there was commotion about a tweet by a policeman, in which he labeled a large group of men as ‘Nafris’, abuse for supposedly criminal North Africans. …

The police investigated whether among the men were persons accused of the assaults on New Year a year ago. But there is no evidence for that. “None of the suspects of Cologne in 2015-2016 and none of the 75 persons who had then received an exclusion order have been reported this year,” said Police Chief Mathies in a press release.

Save African grey parrots


This video says about itself:

African Grey Parrot: Species in Decline (English)

14 September 2016

The African Grey Parrot – a highly intelligent bird that is popular as a pet – has been eliminated from much of its west African range and the largest populations are now only found in central Africa. In the fall of 2016, delegates from around the globe will meet for the world’s leading forum to debate and discuss issues related to international wildlife trade – the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES. Parties will consider a proposal to transfer the African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) from Appendix II to Appendix I, effectively banning international commercial trade in the species.

Read the full proposal here.

The Cornell Lab or Ornithology in the USA writes about this:

Increased Protection for a Bird Being Loved to Death

The Gray Parrot, also known as African Grey Parrot, is one of the world’s most popular pet birds—but that popularity has fueled the capture of millions of parrots from the wild in Africa. Earlier this month, an international wildlife trade conference granted this declining species increased protections under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The Cornell Lab’s Multimedia Productions program produced this video summary about the plight of the Gray Parrot for the government of Gabon and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

The video is also available in FrenchSpanish and Portuguese.

Grey Parrot fading from Africa’s rainforests, By Alex Dale, 8 Dec 2016: here.

Swallows’ autumn migration to Africa


This video is about barn swallow fledglings in a farmyard.

From BirdLife:

Dear Africa, they’re in your hands now

By Shaun Hurrell, 8 Sep 2016

Dear friends in Africa,

We’ve done our best. Now they’re all in your hands.

We’ve put up nest boxes and watched them grow. We’ve helped feed them. We’ve planted flowers. At school, we’ve learnt their colours, we’ve drawn them, and cheered as they’ve flown past.

They are so fast! They make a ‘swoosh!’ noise over our heads as they catch an insect. I couldn’t wait for my turn to try and watch them with my binoculars.

But now they have left. I was sad at first, but then the Spring Alive lady told me that they are just ‘on loan’ from Africa and need to move somewhere warmer for the winter. So now the chicks we watched grow will have to fly all that way.

If they arrive safely, they will be very tired. So make sure there is lots for them to eat (they’re your friends who eat the insects that eat farm crops or bite you!) So please tell everyone not to harm them, and keep green areas for them to live.

I hope to visit you one day and see them roost near you in a big tree. They say in Durban they roost in their millions! But they only will if we keep looking after them.

So now, it’s up to you.

Please look after our migratory birds.

Let me know what you see and do! Send me some pictures or drawings.

Thank you,

Europe

Children all over Europe and Central Asia are now having these kinds of thoughts as they wave goodbye to Barn Swallows, which are beginning to gather before theuir annual migrations south. This also marks another successful season of Spring Alive, a BirdLife educational project that encourages children and adults to take care of the migratory birds they learn about.

“At this time of year, we ask the people of Africa to celebrate and care for their amazing migratory birds; and the people of Europe and Asia will return the favour next spring,” says Karolina Kalinowska, Spring Alive Coordinator.

Barn Swallows from Europe spend the winter in Africa south of the Sahara, in Arabia and in the Indian sub-continent. Their wide range also makes them great ambassadors that link many countries in their migrations, with initiatives such as Spring Twins which pairs schools in Africa and Eurasia.

As well as the Swallow theme this year, every season by posting their first sightings of Barn Swallow, White Stork, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, and European Bee-eater on the www.springalive.net website, children from Europe, Central Asia and Africa create a real-time map of the incredible journeys these birds take every year.

This year’s theme is Swallows of My Neighbourhood. One of the most familiar birds in the world is declining, but instead of being negative let’s celebrate the swallows of our neighbourhood, because they give a great start for young people to care about conservation.

All along their migratory routes, children and adults will be excitedly preparing for the arrival of swallows and other birds with Spring Alive, which launches its 2016 African season in September.

Read more here.

Find out how to participate in Swallows of My Neighbourhood with Spring Alive.

Vulture Awareness Day today


This video says about itself:

Saving Nature’s Clean Up Crew – BirdLife’s Campaign to conserve African Vultures

13 October 2015

Most vultures are teetering on the brink of extinction across Africa. Considering the vital role they play in preventing the spread of life-threatening diseases, we must do everything we can to save these unsung heroes.

From BirdLife:

Which vulture species are you?

By Shaun Hurrell, 2 Sep 2016

Do you find yourself doing loads of work to help people without ever getting any credit? Maybe you have more in common with a vulture than you think. Vultures are greatly misunderstood birds. They may have a pretty bad reputation, but they are the ultimate unsung heroes, cleaning our environment and stopping the spread of disease! Sounds like you? Find out what endangered African vulture you are with our special quiz for Vulture Awareness Day!

Click here to take our Which Vulture Species Are You? quiz.

Raising awareness of the importance of vultures to our ecosystems is just one of the items on the menu at this year’s IUCN World Conservation Congress, which is currently underway in Hawai’i.

On Vulture Awareness Day, 3rd September, BirdLife is holding a special event at the Congress to highlight the plight these unlikely heroes face. Various vulture species are teetering on the edge of extinction across Africa, due mainly to threats from intentional and unintentional poisoning, persecution for their body parts (also involving the use of poison), as well as electrocution and collision with poorly-planned powerlines, windfarms and roads, habitat reduction, disturbance and food availability.

For more information, see our African Vulture infographics.

Show the anti-heroes some love by taking the quiz and sharing it with your friends, family and your nearest African governmental minister..!

Vultures are amazing birds, but they are often misunderstood. Learning just how unique these birds are can help you better appreciate their place in the world’s avifauna and how important their ongoing conservation is. How many of these vulture facts do you know? Here.

African golden-backed weaver in Dutch garden


This is a 2016 golden-backed weaver video from Singapore in Asia.

Nico de Haan is a well-known Dutch birdwatcher. He reports that on 12 June 2016, he saw an unusual bird in the holly bushes in his garden: a golden-backed weaver. This is an east African species. Never before seen in the Netherlands. It has been seen in Singapore, as videos prove.

Did this bird fly all the way from Africa to the Netherlands? Or did it escape from a cage? It did not have a ring.

Mr De Haan’s photos are here.