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Controversial Ilisu Dam on Hasankeyf halted by Turkish court

Controversial Ilisu Dam on Hasankeyf halted by Turkish court

9 January 2012, Istanbul – The Turkish State Council ruled on January 7 in favour of the legal case filed by the Chamber of Architects and Engineers (TMMOB) against the construction of the Ilisu dam project, ordering...

Socotra Bird List

Socotra Bird List

The latest edition of the Socotra Bird List (July 2013) by Richard Porter and Ahmed Saeed Suleiman has been added to the OSME website – see under Yemen in the Trip Reports section. https://osme.org/pdf/Socotra_Bird_list_MASTER_RFP_July_2013.pdf

Experienced ringers wanted for eastern Turkey

Experienced ringers wanted for eastern Turkey

OSME has received the following information – if you are interested, see the following link: http://www.kuzeydoga.org/index.php/en/enson/277-arasilan2013 They are looking for one or two experienced and licensed bird ringers for eastern Turkey this spring: They will cover room...

Major new steppe reserve in Kazakhstan

Steppe between Astana and Arkalky. Photo: Geoff & Hilary Welch On November 28, the Government of Kazakhstan announced the designation of the new Altyn Dala State Nature Reserve, protecting almost 500,000 hectares of steppe grassland, semi-desert and...

Free field guides for Central Asia

Atamurat Veyisov (OSME Country Contact) and Mark Day (RSPB). Photo: Stephanie Ward (RSPB) The recent publication of the long awaited Helm field guide Birds of Central Asia by Raffael Aye, Manuel Schweizer and Tobias Roth, heralds the...

International conference “Conservation of steppe and semidesert ecosystems in Eurasia, will be held in Almaty (Kazakhstan), on March 13-14, 2013”

Conference topics: Study of steppe and semidesert ecosystems and biodiversity Biology of steppe and semidesert animal and plant species Design and establishment of protected areas in open landscapes Best practices and recommendations for sustainable use of bioresources...

Obituary: Professor Edward Ivanovich Gavrilov

Obituary: Professor Edward Ivanovich Gavrilov

Edward Gavrilov was born on 8 October 1933 at Veronezsh, Russia. It was here that he graduated from the Department of Zoology in 1956. After graduation his interest in birds began and his first studies were based...

Obituary: Simon Aspinall

Obituary: Simon Aspinall

Every now and again someone comes along who touches our lives and makes a difference. Simon Aspinall was one such person. When he died in October 2011, after bravely living with motor neurone disease for four years,...

Sociable Lapwing Update

Sociable Lapwing Update

Birdlife recently posted an update on this season’s Sociable Lapwing work by ACBK (BirdLife in Kazakhstan) – see the link below. OSME has in the past contributed through the Conservation Research Fund to studies of this critically...