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Raffle 2012 – results

The winners of this year’s raffle in support of research and conservation

of White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala in Kazakhstan were:

1st Opticron Imagic BGA SE 8x42 binoculars (value £439)- S Starling

2nd Naturetrek voucher for £250 - E Moran

3rd Birdguides - BWPi: Birds of the Western Palearctic interactive (value £140) - G Conway

2012 Annual Prize Draw

Proceeds will be used to support the Association for the Conservation of

Biodiversity of Kazakhstan White-headed Duck conservation project

1st Opticron Imagic BGA SE 8x42 binoculars (value £439)

2nd Naturetrek voucher for £250

3rd Birdguides - BWPi: Birds of the Western Palearctic interactive (value £140)

The BirdLife International UNDP/GEF Migratory Soaring Birds project to celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day in 6 countries along the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway!

On May 12th and 13th, the BirdLife International UNDP/GEF Migratory Soaring Birds project will rally up and join the long list of events from around the globe that will celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day 2012! The celebratory events that will take place, under the umbrella of the Migratory Soaring Birds project, in Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Palestine, Sudan and Syria will gather hundreds of participants from the hunting, energy, waste management, agriculture, and tourism

BirdLife International Middle East Partnership

Nature Iraq, BirdLife in Iraq, is proud to announce that the 10th BirdLife Middle East Partnership Meeting will be held from Friday the 11th to Monday the 14th of May 2012 in Sulaimaniya Iraq along with the World Migratory Bird Day celebration. The meeting will draw together BirdLife’s partners and affiliate from more than 10 countries in the region (Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine,

Editorial (Sandgrouse 34 1 2012): expansion of Sandgrouse’s area of interest

In April 1978 it was announced that the Ornithological Society of Turkey was enlarging the scope of its activities to cover what is loosely called the Middle East and, in consequence, was changing its name to the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, OSME. The first issue of Sandgrouse was published in 1980. The decision to expand the OSME region further to include the Caucasus and Central Asia (the now-independent former states of the Soviet

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 in the Volga–Ural region. Edward moved to Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1959 where until 1964 he worked at the Institute of Botany. He then moved to the Institute of Zoology where he worked under the eminent ornithologist Dalgushin studying in particular high-altitude species.

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