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Black Lark research in Kazakhstan

Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis is one of the iconic birds of the steppes of Kazakhstan and is the subject of a research project, part funded by the OSME Conservation and Research Fund, looking at the species’ breeding behaviour.
The project team has set up a blogspot - http://www.blacklarks.blogspot.de/ - which is well worth visiting. It is both informative and a good read!

Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds - 2013 round now open

OSME has received information on the 2013 round of the Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds – the closing date for applications is 31 October, 2013.

These grants of up to US$2,000 are to support research work on birds listed by BirdLife/IUCN as Endangered, Critically Endangered or Data Deficient. Further details and an application form can be found at http://www.birdgrants.org/

OSME Vice-President Azzam Alwash receives the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize

Azzam Alwash of Nature Iraq (image: Goldman Prize)
The Goldman Environmental Foundation has announced the six recipients of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities. Amongst this year’s winners is Azzam Alwash, founder and former CEO of Nature Iraq, BirdLife’s Partner in the country. OSME is proud that one of its serving Vice-Presidents has been recognised in this way.

Dr Jepson has created a short questionnaire linked to a mapping interface on the Ushahdi platform.

Crowd-sourcing an atlas of migratory bird hunting

OSME has received a request from Dr Paul Jepson of the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, asking us to help with a project to create an atlas of migratory bird hunting. As he states, this practice is still widespread yet we lack an easily accessible overview of where hunting happens and what the trends are.

Dr Jepson has created a short questionnaire linked to a mapping interface on the Ushahdi platform.

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