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Champions of the Flyway- Birdrace

Vertical Method of Birding

On the 1st of April 2014 The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI – Birdlife International Partner) hosted the first ever ‘Champions of the Flyway’ 24 hour bird race in Eilat. The event is a BirdLife International Migratory Birds & Flyways Programme initiative. Teams from all around the world competed for the much coveted title! The race was won by the Palestine Sunbirders;

OSME Summer Meeting 2014 The Wonder of Birds in the OSME Region

The OSME Summer Meeting and 36th AGM will be held at BTO Headquarters, Thetford, Norfolk on Saturday 5 July. The Programme is as follows. Non-members welcome. No attendance charge.

11.10 Latest update on the BTO satellite-tagged cuckoos.

11.30 An overview of the OSME Conservation and Research Fund. Rob Sheldon

12.15 The ecology and breeding behaviour of Black Larks in Kazakhstan. Johannes Kamp

OSME at the Birdfair 2014

Mike Jennings

14/02/2014, Mike Jennings, a founding member and long-term supporter of OSME, and Arabian bird expert extraordinaire, recently made a very generous donation of 2 copies of his ground-breaking ‘Atlas of the breeding birds of Arabia.’ OSME are extremely grateful for the support of Mike and are planning to use both copies to raise money for our Conservation Research Fund, as well as raise the profile of our work. We’re pleased to announce that one copy of the Atlas has been donated as an OSME contribution to the 2014 Birdfair auction – and as we understand – we are the first to commit a prize this year!!!

OSME Summer Meeting 6 July 2013

Geoff Welch, handing over to new Chairman, Rob Sheldon

This year’s Summer Meeting, themed around monitoring bird populations in the OSME region, was again held at the BTO headquarters in Thetford and was attended by 55 members and guests. Paul Stancliffe from the BTO opened the day by providing a brief update on the ongoing satellite tracking study of Common Cuckoos Cuculus canorus. Paul talked at last year’s meeting and within a matter of days the first ever . . .

The Omani Owl – a completely new owl species is discovered in the OSME region

A completely new species of owl to science has been discovered in a remote mountain range in Oman. The bird is being named the Omani Owl, as a tribute to Oman and its people, and details of its discovery are being published today in Dutch Birding. The owl was first noticed in March 2013 when it called while researchers were making sound recordings of another species. Sound-recordist and author Magnus Robb heard a call so unlike anything he knew that adrenalin immediately started to rush through his veins.

Certificate of Recognition

Certificate of Recognition

While many of the problems facing birds and the environment in the OSME region will only be solved by the work of governments and NGOs, a great many individuals are selflessly devoting much of their time, energy and resources to ‘make a difference’ at a local level. OSME feels strongly that such commitment should be recognised and therefore we are launching an annual Certificate of Recognition award which includes £200 worth of books from the Natural History Book Service (NHBS).

We are delighted to announce that the first recipient is Ahmad Aidek from Syria for the production of A Guide to the Biodiversity of Deir ez-Zor Area which was published in 2010 – see plates 1, 2

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