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Little Owl in the OSME Region – request for pictures

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,...

News from Egypt from Sharif Baha El Din, OSME Vice-President

News from Egypt from Sharif Baha El Din, OSME Vice-President

Ecological changes in the Nile Delta wetlands over the past several decades have led to dramatic changes in the local breeding avifauna. With reduced salinity, and increased abundance of reeds and the establishment of a vast matrix...

Green Music & Arts Festival

Green Music & Arts Festival

Nature Iraq and Development Now are pleased to announce the inaugural Green Music and Arts Festival, to be held in Sulaimani’s Azadi Park on April 20th, the Friday before Earth Day. The first event of its kind...

Latest from Nature Iraq

Latest from Nature Iraq

The following news has been received from Nature Iraq. Threat Assessment of Lesser Zaab River On February 2, Nabil Musa started a threat assessment of the Lesser Zaab a tributary of the Tigris. a project partly funded...

Death of Syrian ornithologist

Sad news has been received about a regular contributor to MEBirdNet, Yousef Ali Alzaoby, who was recently killed in his home town of Dara’a in Syria. MEBirdNet subscribers will particularly remember his regular postings on migratory birds...

News from Syria

Sociable Lapwing in Syria March 29 Photo courtecy: Ahmad Aidek. Although it is very difficult to go to the Syrian steppes because of the current situation, Ahmad Aidek managed with some difficulty to rent a car and...

Jordan Birding now on Facebook

Jordan Birding now on Facebook

People interested in birding in Jordan can now join the Facebook group ‘Birdwatching Club in Jordan’ where they can obtain the latest news and information on the Jordan birding scene. More information from Dr Fares Khoury, OSME...

Northern Bald Ibis Update

Northern Bald Ibis Update

Chris Bowden, International Species Recovery Officer & SAVE Programme Manager, RSPB, reports the following good news: We’ve just heard from the team in Syria that all three adults, Odeinat, Salama and Zenobia, returned safely back from migration...

IBAs officially recognised in Kazakhstan

IBAs officially recognised in Kazakhstan

Following the publication of the first national inventory of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Kazakhstan in 2008, the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK, BirdLife Affiliate) has been working with the Committee of Forestry...

Batumi Raptor Count Internship

Batumi Raptor Count Internship

OSME has received the following details of an exciting opportunity in the Republic of Georgia. For more information, including how to apply, please do not contact OSME – please see the BRC website. http://www.batumiraptorcount.org/brcvacancies.htm The Batumi Raptor Count...

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia 1

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia 1

The OSME Library has received two reports from Mike Jennings, ABBA Co-ordinator, on recent ABBA surveys conducted in South-west Saudi Arabia (ABBA 42) and North-west Saudi Arabia (ABBA 45). Subscribers to Phoenix can obtain an electronic copy...