Due to personal reasons, Christine Booth has regrettably decided to stand down as Chair of the CRF sub-committee. OSME would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all of the work she did to ‘professionalise’ the operation of the CRF. A replacement chair will be appointed shortly. On a more positive note, Maxim Koshkin has now joined the sub-committee and will be advising on applications to the fund from a Central Asian perspective. OSME is also pleased to announce that the ‘average’ level of grant
The Migratory Soaring Birds project, covering 11 countries along the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway, one of the most important flyways in the world, aims to mainstream birds’ conservation into the strategies, management and activities of the Agriculture, Energy, Hunting, Tourism and Waste Management sectors in each country. This is being achieved through building strategic partnerships with key sector stakeholders
To supplement the money raised by the 2012 Raffle, OSME is auctioning an original watercolour painting of White-headed Duck by renowned wildlife artist, Martin Woodcock. Bids in excess of £350 are invited and full details are provided on the linked pdf. This is a unique opportunity to help conservation of one of the region’s globally threatened birds and obtain an outstanding piece of artwork.
ACBK, BirdLife in Kazakhstan, is running a series of tours which will enable visitors to see many of the enigmatic and important species of this fascinating country. The profits from the tours will be used to support ACBK's ongoing work to protect the natural riches of Kazakhstan. If you've been thinking about visiting Kazakhstan, now's your opportunity!
This year’s raffle will be raising funds to support work by Nature Iraq on the globally endangered Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis, one of the most threatened passerines in the OSME region. The species is classed as endangered due to its small population size, estimated at 2,500 to 9,999 individuals, which is believed to be declining. The main breeding population is in Iraq, notably the Mesopotamian marshes of south-east
OSME relies on its volunteer Council members in order to operate efficiently and we are currently seeking new members to join Council. Council members serve for 5 years and Council meets formally three times a year but the majority of OSME business is carried out via email. Whilst a knowledge of the birds of the region is desirable, the most important attributes of Council members are having the time
Visitors can now buy books direct from NHBS, using the link below. OSME will receive a percentage from each sale. Thanks for supporting OSME.
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Sandgrouse is published by OSME contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.