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Little Owl in the OSME Region – request for pictures

Many Little Owl Athene noctua taxa occur in the OSME Region. However, breeding distributions are poorly known, as are plumage descriptions geographically. The taxonomy of some taxa is uncertain, clouded both by speculation and by the uncertain status (resident, migrant, winter visitor, vagrant of many specimens, some of which have been used as DNA samples for research papers).

WorldBirds now available in Arabic

Arabic is now available as a language option on the following WorldBirds family systems:
Middle East Birds
North Africa Birds
East Africa Birds
West Africa Birds
By having Arabic available, BirdLife International and RSPB hope that the system will be more accessible to local bird watchers in the countries where the language is used.
There are a few caveats, though:

Grant opportunity

The UNESCO Office in Doha, in partnership with the Ford Motor Company, are inviting applications for environmental projects across the GCC and Levant countries. Every year since 2000, Ford has been helping grass roots level environmental initiatives by awarding $100,000 dollars each year to deserving projects. To date over 1.1 million USD have been granted to 130+ local environmental initiatives.

OSME Summer Meeting & AGM 2011

Saturday 16th July 2011, BTO, Thetford, Norfolk, UK

The 2011 OSME Summer Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 16th July at the British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk, UK. Doors will open at 10.00 – join us for tea/coffee. Once again we have a varied programme with presentations spanning the OSME area – from Socotra to Kazakhstan via the Caucasus and Cyprus. All are welcome.

OSME Summer Meeting 2010

Azzam Alwash, Chief Executive of Nature Iraq and an OSME Vice-President.
The 2010 Summer Meeting and AGM, held at the BTO headquarters in Thetford on Saturday 10 July, was bathed in glorious sunshine and temperatures which created a genuine Middle Eastern atmosphere. The 42 members and guests that attended were treated to an outstanding programme of talks starting

Thanks to Keith Betton

While writing the above account of the 2010 Summer Meeting, I realised, with much embarrassment, that this is the first write-up since 2008. The main reason for my embarrassment though is that as a result, OSME has never formally expressed its thanks and appreciation to Keith Betton who was Chairman from 2002 to 2008. While each Chairman brings particular skills and experience to OSME, helping shape the role and direction of the Society, Keith made several outstanding contributions.

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