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Minutes of the 33rd Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 16th July 2011 at the premises of the British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk, UK

Members Present –. Dawn Balmer, John Bartley, Pat Bartley, Colin Bates, Christine Booth, Phil Cannings, Mick Carroll, Sal Cooke, Elaine Cowan, Peter Cowan, Helen Demopoulos, Jeff Gordon, Andrew Grieve, Ian Harrison, Phil Heath, Mike Jennings, Guy Kirwan, Chris Lamsdell, Andrew Lassey, David Marshall, Rod Martins, Brian Meadows, Nick Moran, Frank O’Connell, Richard Pavy, Doug Radford, Geoff Randall, Mike Reed, Colin Richardson, Andrew Schofield, Joyce Snoxell, Maldwyn Snoxell, Effie Warr, John Warr, Geoff Welch.

OSME and the AEWA Sociable Lapwing International Working Group

Workshop participants outside the headquarters of the General Commission for Al Badia Development and Management, Palmyra, Syria, March 2011. Photo: Geoff & Hilary Welch

The first meeting of the International Working Group was held in Palmyra, Syria between 18 and 20 March, hosted jointly by the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW – BirdLife Affiliate in Syria) and the General Commission for Al Badia Development and Management. The meeting brought together government and NGO representatives from eight of the key range states for the species, covering the principle breeding, stopover and wintering sites. In addition to agreeing the functioning of the Working Group

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, migrant, winter visitor, vagrant of many specimens, some of which have been used as DNA samples for research papers).

WorldBirds now available in Arabic

Arabic is now available as a language option on the following WorldBirds family systems:
Middle East Birds
North Africa Birds
East Africa Birds
West Africa Birds
By having Arabic available, BirdLife International and RSPB hope that the system will be more accessible to local bird watchers in the countries where the language is used.
There are a few caveats, though:

Grant opportunity

The UNESCO Office in Doha, in partnership with the Ford Motor Company, are inviting applications for environmental projects across the GCC and Levant countries. Every year since 2000, Ford has been helping grass roots level environmental initiatives by awarding $100,000 dollars each year to deserving projects. To date over 1.1 million USD have been granted to 130+ local environmental initiatives.

OSME Summer Meeting & AGM 2011

Saturday 16th July 2011, BTO, Thetford, Norfolk, UK

The 2011 OSME Summer Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 16th July at the British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk, UK. Doors will open at 10.00 – join us for tea/coffee. Once again we have a varied programme with presentations spanning the OSME area – from Socotra to Kazakhstan via the Caucasus and Cyprus. All are welcome.

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