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).

Record numbers of Endangered White-headed ducks counted in Kazakhstan

More than 20 000 individuals of the Endangered White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) were recently recorded whilst on migration at the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn lake system in the Akmola region of Kazakhstan. This number of birds exceeds all the previous historical records and is greater than the existing global population estimate.

Guest blog by Chris Bowden

Northern Bald Ibis: updates on the Eastern population

The conservation of Northern Bald Ibis has (for the first time in its history) been on a relatively positive trajectory in Morocco over the past twenty years, with almost a doubling of the wild population there to 116 breeding pairs, following a low of 59 pairs in 1997. There’s still no room for complacency

OSME at the British Birdwatching Fair

Over the weekend of the 19th - 21st August NGOs, charities, tour groups and about 20,000 people interested in birds descend on Rutland Water for the annual British Birdwatching Fair, aka The Birdfair. It is always an excellent event and OSME have been attending for many years. It is a great chance to meet members and those with an interest in birds of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia.

A Bridled Tern ringed in the Gulf found dead in Japan

A Bridled Tern that turned up dead in Okinawa Prefecture had apparently flown 7,500 kilometers to Japan from a small island in the Persian Gulf, the first confirmed case of avian migration between the regions.

According to the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, a foot ring showed that the bridled tern came from Nakhiloo Island in Iran.

The bird was found on a golf course in Nago in Japan's southernmost prefecture last October.