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Book Review: A Guide to 200 Common Birds of Lebanon, by Richard Prior

By Mike Blair, Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia   This is a splendid starter book for anyone in Lebanon, young or old, who has become interested in birds. If I had received a book like this in UK when I was young (that’s over 60 years ago!), I would have been delighted, as doubtless so …

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Who were the Canaanites? Ancient human DNA evidence yields answers

Thousands of years ago, the Canaanite people lived in a part of the world we now recognize as Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan, establishing a culture that became influential in the Middle East and beyond. The Canaanites created the first alphabet, established colonies throughout the Mediterranean, and were mentioned many times in the Bible. But who were they and what …

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New book and mobile app to guide people’s interest in nature of Qatar

The Friends of the Environment Center in Qatar (BirdLife Partner for Qatar) have used both traditional and digital routes to create two guides to the nature of Qatar. The first ever field guide book to the birds of Qatar and a mobile application – ‘Qatar e-Nature’ – which allows users to explore the rich and varied species of flora, birds …

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Book Review: Back from the Brink

• Success stories of animals threatened with extinction whose fortunes have been reversed • Tales of lifetimes dedicated to wildlife conservation • Features some of the most iconic animals from around the world Back from the Brink is an antidote to a world that seems full of stories of wildlife doom and gloom. Amongst all the loss of habitat and …

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Bird Identification Manual

Plant pollinators, seed dispersers, agricultural pest controllers, environmental health indicators, amusers, art and technology inspirers… They are the birds, the ecological agents that perform valuable services! Identifying birds is a fascinating, ever-changing activity that increases our awareness and appreciation of natural wildlife. Further, the birds represent an amazing group of species, and they act in different roles in different habitats, …

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HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World

Josep del Hoyo, Nigel J. Collar David A. Christie, Andrew Elliott,  Lincoln D. C. Fishpool Published by Lynx Edicions in association with BirdLife International The first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is really two works in one. It is a complete checklist whose taxonomy incorporates the most up-to-date information and an exhaustive methodology (Tobias et al. …

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The Book of Eggs: A Lifesize Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World’s Bird Species

Featuring new photography from Chicago’s renowned Field Museum, The Book of Eggs explores 600 examples at actual size, alongside pattern details, clutch images, breeding range maps, and engravings of all the birds. A table of field-guide information identifies order, family, breeding range, nesting habitat, nest characteristics, and conservation status. This accompanies an expert narrative revealing the latest research and thinking …

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State of Lebanon’s Birds & IBAs”

Here’s a look at what’s buzzing in the new publication “State of Lebanon’s Birds & IBAs” collated & edited by Assad Serhal and Bassima Khatib, the book is  the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive publication about birds and important bird areas in Lebanon. The book is the latest outcome of the Migratory Soaring Birds (MSB) project which aims to integrate …

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The herpetofauna of Lebanon new data on distribution

by Souad Hraoui-Bloquet, Riyad A. Sadek, Roberto Sindaco, and Alberto Venchi Abstract This paper reports more than 400 original data on the Lebanese herpetofauna (covering 5 amphibians and 44 reptiles), deriving from museum collections and recent field observations. The most interesting data concern: (a) Cyrtopodion amictopholis, a species known only from Mt. Hermon, reported for the first time from Mt. …

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Book review: Children, Citizenship and Environment

by Jeff  Thurston Children and young adults today are faced with a multitude of voices, news and challenges that confront them daily. They must be equipped to understand, act upon and to develop alternate possibilities and pathways that allow them to move through and act effectively during these times. To achieve that, adults, educators, technology professionals, politicians and others have responsibilities, …

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