First Syrian bird book launched
The first dedicated field guide to the birds of Syria was recently launched. Written in Arabic, it has been jointly produced by the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW) and BirdLife International and covers a total of 394 species including Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus (Vulnerable) and Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius.
“The release of the ‘Birds of Syria’ field-guide gives a significant rise in hopes to protect threatened birds in the country, and gives opportunity for the growing conservation efforts in Syria” said Dr Akram Darwish – Vice Chair of the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife.
A growing interest in Syrian birds by local and foreign ornithologists has demonstrated the need for a local guidebook. This important publication will be used to encourage an interest in Syrian birds, and provide a reference work for those engaged in surveys and wildlife conservation programmes.
“This comprehensive local-language guidebook will be an important conservation tool not just for Syria, but the whole of Arabia”, said Ibrahim Khader – the Regional Director of Middle East secretariat of BirdLife International. …
Formerly widespread throughout North Africa and into the Middle East, Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita was thought extinct in the Middle East in the 1990s before a colony of just six birds was found in Palmyra, Syria in 2002. The bird now features on the front of the new the book, and is also the focus of a new website set up to aid conservation of the species.
The website has been set up by the International Advisory Group for the Northern Bald Ibis and aims to support scientific research, field projects and bring governments and non-government organisations together. People interested in the news website should visit www.iagnbi.org.
Sociable lapwings in Syria: here.
Desperate year for Northern bald ibis as birds are shot and electrocuted: here.