Familiar Chat Back Issues-June 2009

The relatively serious content of this newsletter reflects the global concern for the state of the world and the importance of birds as indicators of it. In addition it
reflects the growing change from a ‘social’ club to a scientific organization, part of a much larger international movement. Most content has been generated by staff
and BirdLife International, however, I can’t stress enough the importance of our members young and old, new and longstanding, to the running and success of the organization. 

Therefore I ask yet again, for birds’ sake, for more of your stories, ideas and feedback. Don’t miss Keddy’s report on page 2, of the delightful World Migratory
Bird Day celebrations, and Molebi’s reports on his travels to England on pages 5 and 6. On page 8 there is news on the latest Red Data lists. It is not all gloom - there have been some great conservation success stories - saving birds from extinction, giving hope and pointing the way forward. It is up to us all to get involved with
BLB initiatives such as Common Bird Monitoring, Tickbird and the Familiar Chat!

Eugenie Skelton — editor

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