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Middle East nature fans welcome world’s first Arabic language birding app

By Dima Obeidat The world’s first Arabic birding app, launched by the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME), has been met with widespread excitement from nature enthusiasts in the region.  Thousands of people around the region have already downloaded the free app, which features pictures, descriptions of behaviour and samples of bird song. The Middle East is home to …

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Celebrating 30 years of Birdfair: 3 decades of global conservation impact

By Jessica Law This summer, the British Birdwatching Fair will celebrate its 30th birthday – marking three decades of global conservation impact. Every year proceeds from the event, dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of birdwatching’, go towards a conservation project, chosen and managed by BirdLife. The result: millions of pounds raised towards saving some of the world’s most threatened species and sites, and the …

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Ground-breaking Arabic app brings birdwatching to a new generation

By Dima Obeidat While bird lovers in the Middle East have been enjoying the perks of smartphone technology for a long time now, few apps have focused on the region’s birds, and none of them were in Arabic. Until now. Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME), the organisation behind the new Birds of the …

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Saving the vultures of Saudi Arabia

By Dr. Mohammad Shobraq An overview of the vulture species that nest in Saudi Arabia, the threats they are facing and what BirdLife is doing to help them. Vultures are one of the most threatened families of birds in the entire world and their decline has been shockingly rapid. Some species in Africa and the Indian subcontinent have declined by …

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Field guide to Butterflies of Lebanon and the Middle East Written and Illustrated by Husein Ali Zorkot

A vivid world of butterflies awaits in this first of a kind comprehensive field guide and reference work. About 560 species of butterflies found across 21 countries in the Middle East are adequately described, including 165 species in Lebanon, about 160 endemics, and 40 threatened species. This book features maps and detailed descriptions of each species, including common, scientific, and …

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Book Release: Field Guide to the Mammals of the Middle East

‘Field Guide to the Mammals of the Middle East’ (released 2015) is an accessible text suitable for graduate students and professionals in the fields of mammal biology, conservation biology, and ecology, as well as nature conservation practitioners and mammal specialists. The Book will be launched in several countries during the upcoming weeks. Mammals of the Middle East command a high …

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News in Photos: Birds of Lebanon and the Middle East

Fouad Itani is a professional nature photographer from Beirut, Lebanon. He lives in Dubai,UAE. He focuses almost all of his efforts on capturing intimate images of birds in their natural habitat. Fouad is especially well known for his portraits of rare and difficult to photograph birds from Lebanon and the middle east. He publish his photos on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/birdsoflebanon …

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The Power of a Local Tradition: Hima

Almost 1,500 years before modern conservation research arrived at the same idea, a tradition originating from the Arabian Peninsula realised the importance of community involvement when preserving natural areas and managing natural resources. Essential practice for human survival in Arabian climes, the hima was a traditional sustainable protected area system that went further than being a strategy to conserve biodiversity: …

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Book review: Birds of the Middle East

By Richard Porter Simon Aspinall and I are pleased and proud to dedicate Birds of the Middle East to BirdLife International’s Middle East conservation programme. Once again it has been great working with world recognised wildlife artists John Gale, Mike Langman and Brian Small. The result is a new book. An entirely new layout with the identification text and maps …

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