July, 2010

Our work

Our work
You might be surprised to read that our work is far broader than nature reserves and Big Garden Birdwatch. Read more about what else we do.

Northern bald ibis

The Northern bald ibis is the rarest bird in the Middle East. We're tracking five of them via satellite transmitters as they leave Syria for the winter. Where will they go? Will they survive?
  • Sightings and updates...

    The dedicated field team from Saudi wildlife Commission and the Syrian GCB have now successfully seen all of the birds in the field in Saudi Arabia - they actually saw both Ishtar and Zenobia yesterday, (Ishtar was the only one they'd not caught up with until now), and this allows the gathering of important information about the feeding and roosting sites, and the assessment of any threats in these areas. None of the birds are apparently together now, although Zenobia was seen with her mate Odeinat last week. 

    Salama has been the most mobile lately, and after breaking ahead of the others to central Yemen over a week ago (as you may have noticed on the map?) she went back north to Saudi Arabia again for a few days, (after some very heavy rains in Yemen - but maybe she was looking for the others?), but then recently returned alone to the same area in Yemen, before heading further south yesterday - perhaps to cross the Red Sea? Whether the Turkish juveniles will rejoin the adults? will they also go to Yemen? or even further? Keep watching for updates... we are all learning from this...!

  • Ameer

    We've just confirmed the news that Ameer has been found in Saudi Arabia by the field team in a weak condition and sadly died after a few hours.  Ameer was the wild offspring of Odeinat and Zenobia, but was apparently being fed only irregularly just before fledging, was distinctly underweight and actually taken into care for a few days before being released again together with the two Turkish juveniles (Ishtar and Amina). We were worried whether it would be ok, but after the early departure on migration (with Salama and the two Turkish juveniles) and successfully flying so far south so quickly, we were hopeful it would survive... We now await the autopsy results for further information and clues. 

  • Salama update

    interestingly, Salama (the female that orginally  led the 3 juveniles south and then went ahead into Yemen) has overtaken the other two adults (Odeinat and Zenobia), but then went back noth (!) in to Saudi Arabia again... meanwhile the other birds are all separate now, apart from Odeinat and untagged Zenobia.