Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Ornithological Society of the Middle East summer meeting

Saturday 7 July, BTO Headquarters, Thetford, Norfolk — all welcome.

This year’s Summer Meeting Programme has ‘Migration through the OSME Region’ as a theme and as usual we have a wide range of countries and topics. Doors open at 10.00 — join us for refreshments and a talk with old friends before the meeting. In addition, following last year’s successful outing on the Sunday, Chris Mills of Norfolk Birding will be leading a similar walk with the possibility of seeing a number of Breckland specialities. Once again we have also arranged a meal after the meeting — this year we will be returning to the Mulberry, which we last visited in 2008. We hope you will be able to join us for one or both of these extra events — please let Ian Harrison know on 01545 571022 or at secretary@osme.org.

Finally, please note that all profits from the 2012 OSME Raffle will go to the endangered White-headed Duck conservation project administered by the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK). Give generously to this worthwhile project!

The Programme is as follows.

11.00 Introduction – Geoff Welch, Chairman
11.15 Tracking Migrants into Africa Paul Stancliffe
12.00 Lebanon - an Important Bird Country Helen Demopoulos
12.45 Lunch break
13.45 34th Annual General Meeting
14.15 Bird Survey and Ringing in the Western Desert, Egypt, 2010 (part of a longer term study of the south-eastern migration route) Przemyslaw Busse, Krzysztof Stepniewski & Matt White
15.00 Short break
15.15 Egyptian Vulture Conservation Challenges along the Eastern Mediterranean Migration Flyway. Stoyan Nikolov
16.00 Migration through Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Nick Moran & Oscar Campbell
16.45 Drawing of raffle and closing remarks.
17.00 Close of meeting

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