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
Bloomsbury are doing an eBook of Birds of the Middle East (Porter & Aspinall (2010) and it is planned to include bird sounds. Most of these have been obtained but there are still a few outstanding and if anyone can help they would be really grateful. As well as an acknowledgement there will be a small fee for any that are used, but details haven't yet been worked out.
The 2012 Summer Meeting and AGM on Saturday 7 July were again held at the BTO headquarters in Thetford and attended by 43 members and guests. The day had the theme of migration and the first speaker, Paul Stancliffe from the BTO, set the scene by giving a comprehensive overview of the increasing use of technology to reveal the secrets of the migrations of several species. The BTO is focussing on a range of species, the majority
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.