The Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) is a non-profit conservation association, recognized as a public utility, which promotes the study and conservation of birds in Portugal. It was founded in 1993 and has about 3000 members, a team of 40 staff and a network of more than 500 volunteers.

 SPEA's mission is "to work towards the study and the conservation of wild birds and their habitats by promoting sustainable development for the benefit of the future generations" and the work is conducted to proceed the following objectives:

- to promote the active conservation of birds and their habitats

- to gather and disseminate scientific and monitoring data in order to support bird conservation

- to increase significantly the number of members and its involvement in the work of the organization

- to promote public awareness and education concerning bird conservation

- to set the organization as an international reference in bird conservation

- to continuously ameliorate internal management and capacity.

 The priorities and the work performed by SPEA are based on rigorous work of science, biodiversity monitoring and communication for the engagement of people. Projects and actions are carried out by professional teams and volunteers who make up the great strength of the organization. The work is focuses on birds as a priority and own identity, and as excellent indicators of biodiversity and ecological balance in general. Through the conservation of birds and their habitats contribute for global conservation, our action already expanded to a larger number of components of biodiversity.

 The SPEA is the Portuguese partner of BirdLife International, an organization that brings together 116 organizations, countries throughout the world, who share ideas, principles, information, experience and mutual support with a view to its mission to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with, and for, communities for the sustainable use of natural resources.

 SPEA works closely with other entities, whether at local, regional, national or international, establishing the bridge between local agents, government, business, universities and other NGOs, to increase the impact of our work.