Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia: 2015 records

Observers in the Arabian Peninsula are asked to send in their personal observations of breeding species for 2015 when it is convenient, e.g. after a visit or at the end of the local breeding season. It is impossible for me to find everything published in blogs and the various world public bird databases, so those observers who put their records on such media are also asked to send their records direct to ABBA. I will be happy to send observers a pack containing the 'instructions for contributors' and the report forms for ABBA, either in hard copy of or as PDF/MSWord doc files. ABBA uses a half degree grid square so a map of the ABBA squares, a list of breeding species and the ABBA breeding evidence code will all be supplied.

Please note that although the project has been going for many years databases like ABBA cannot have too many records, even of common widespread species in well watched places. This is particularly important in the era of climate change as we start to notice habitats, populations and distributions change, perhaps as a result of this.  So all records will be welcomed. 

Help wanted for raptor surveys in Turkey




Location:                       Adana Province, Turkey

Duration:                       15 August  - 15 October 2015

Job Type:                       Volunteer

Application Deadline:      Open until filled


Volunteers needed to find remaining endangered yellow-breasted buntings in Mongolia

Populations of Yellow-breasted Bunting, Emberiza aureola, are rapidly declining across their range and have recently been classified as endangered by IUCN. They were common in the northern Palearctic from Finland and Belarus, eastwards to northeast Asia. Mainly due to excessive hunting in China and several other reasons, thespecies which once was a common bird has declined across its range and become quite rare. However, ecological aspects of the decline remain unclear.

It is vital to understand breeding ecology and migratory behaviour of this species to help identifying conservation actions in future. During the breeding season (June) in 2015, we want to find and identify locations suitable for deploying geo-locators next year and establishing a long-term population study and monitoring for this species.

Appeal for waterbird images from African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)

White-headed Duck juvenile, Turkey, May 2013

Sergey Dereliev the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is planning to produce a coffee tablbook featuring some of the waterbird species for which the Agreement has undertaken initiatives. OSME is helping publicise his request for the images.

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To this end the AEWA Secretariat is planning to produce a high-end coffee table book featuring some of the waterbird species for which the Agreement has undertaken initiatives.

The concept for the book is to source high quality photographs, which ideally have not been published before, from the extensive AEWA network and wider birding community. We hope to source as many images as possible free of charge and will, in exchange, include short profiles of all contributing photographers in the book together with a portrait photo as well as a website link to the photographer’s website (if applicable). Contributing photographers will also receive a copy of the book for free. 

Appeal for images of barn owl Tyto sp from all populations worldwide

Alexandre Roulin of Lausanne University is preparing a book about barn owls worldwide. OSME is helping publicise his request for images from the extensive distribution of the genus Tyto

My name is Alexandre Roulin, a professor in Biology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (Contact Alexandre ‘dot’ Roulin. ‘at’ unil ‘dot’ ch). I started working with barn owls in 1987 before I went to the university (1993). In 1997 I did my master thesis on the barn owl and in 1999 my PhD, still on the barn owl. Since then I always worked on the barn owl because this species is far more interesting than I could have expected. So far I have written 118 papers on the barn owl. My research group is entirely dedicated on the study of this bird from several perspectives (for example, conservation biology, population genetics, genetics, biogeography, genomics, population dynamics and ecophysiology).