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From Russia with Love (or at least a ring): Kamchatka Great Knot reaches the Arabian Gulf!

Guest blog by Dmitry Dorofeev & Oscar Campbell

There are several sites along the Okhotsk Sea where waders make their first stopovers before their southward migration. For the last several years our group have worked on the largest known wader stopover on the western coast of Kamchatka peninsula, in the estuary Khairusova-Belogolovaya river.

Searches for slender-billed curlews by volunteer birders benefits conservation

Guest blog by Graeme Buchanan

Of all the birds that have occurred in the OSME region, the slender-billed curlew is now perhaps the most enigmatic. Even after the recent review by Guy Kirwan et al. of records from the region, it is clear from the historical distribution of the species that the Middle East was both a passage and wintering area of this critically endangered species. 

Illegal killing of birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran: peer-review

As previously highlighted, BirdLife International and OSME are undertaking a Review of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran. This project extends the geographic scope of the previous BirdLife Initernational review of the illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean region, which has proven a

Environmental Stewardship via a Nascent Natural History Museum in Palestine

Guest blog by Mazin Qumsiyeh and Elias Handal

The Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) started in Bethlehem University through volunteer effort with a mission of research, education and conservation for our environment. Our two dozen scientific publications in two years publications cover areas from biodiversity to genotoxicity to museology to education to permaculture. The research acts as a prelude to education and we helped create environmental clubs in schools that focus on reducing waste, recycling, composting, and appreciation of our environment (e.g. bird watching).

Tracking studies show OSME Region vital to migratory birds from East Asia

WU Lan

Guest blog by Terry Townshend

The Beijing Swift

The Common Swift (Apus apus pekinensis) is a much-loved bird in China and has been synonymous with the Chinese capital since 1417 when it began to breed in the city’s gatehouses.  For centuries these aerial masters would arrive each April and depart at the end of July but to where remained a mystery. 

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