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Purple Swamphen Show up in Aqaba after Disappearance of 16 years
Purple Swamphen was recorded as a rare species in Jordan for a third time after being recorded in Aqaba, according to RSCN database.

Local Environmental News
Arson Suspected in Ajloun Forest Fire
A fire erupted in a forest in the Um Al Mayadin area near Ajloun Castle for the second time within a few days and destroyed tens of perennial trees.

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Regional Environmental News
Cecil One of the Most Famous Lions in Africa
Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe's national parks – was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow.

World Environmental News
Adidas Creates Shoe Made from Ocean Garbage
The German sportswear giant is set to release a shoe made almost entirely from ocean garbage in a unique collaboration with eco organization Parley for the Oceans.

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Columbia River Sockeye Salmon Dying due to Hot Water
More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

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Biodiversity Information Management System
An agreement was signed between the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and the Children's Museum, to allocate space within the museum to create the biodiversity corner. In contrast, RSCN represented by Conservation Monitoring Centre (CMC) will structure this space to show the importance biodiversity in Jordan, as well as to highlight the leading role of the organization in this area through the establishment and management of national network of nature reserves.
The importance of this agreement clearly communicates RSCN message to an important segment of the Jordanian society; namely, the children, and thus ensure the sustainable approach and work to conserve biodiversity by handing over the torch to the future generations, ensuring the preservation of this national heritage. On the other hand; direct communication with children and parents will increase advocacy and support for RSCN message and work.
Picture of the Month
Common Name: Purple Iris
Scientific Name: Iris atropurpurea
Purple Iris is one of Iris species that found in the northern parts of Jordan, in particular, Al Yarmouk Protected Area. One of this plant features is dark purple color which look like black. In some cases; and due to high soil acidity, the petals colored with yellow.
Did You Know!

The natural occurrence of Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis) forest is restricted to the Northern parts of Jordan only. Therefore, pine forest observed in other parts of the country is man-made by the Ministry of Agriculture.
This fact includes two indications;

•   Aleppo Pine trees have speedy growth in comparison with other woody trees in Jordan like Oak tree. And thus; presence of Aleppo pine forest on red (Terra-Rossa) soil is unnatural.
•   Weakness of vegetation cover under Aleppo Pine trees is attributed to the fact that the needles of pine trees are acidic and when they fall onto the red acidic soil, the soil conditions will be worse and will not allow certain species as Orchid species to appear.
Environmental Tips

•   Changing to low-energy light bulbs and LED lighting is a simple way to reduce energy costs. You can save several hundred kronor for every bulb that you switch to a better alternative.

•   Select fittings and light bulbs that provide good lighting.Avoid energy-intensive light bulbs and halogen bulbs, especially in lighting that is turned on for a long time.

•   You need to choose the right equipment and light bulbs that which provide good lighting.

Strange Information!

Breathing in the Indian city of Mumbai for a period of one day is equivalent to smoking two packs and a half of cigarettes that is the severity of contamination.
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Birds Study in Mujib Biosphere Reserve (8,000 JD)

The Mujib Biosphere Reserve is one of the most important areas in Jordan for bird populations due to its location on one of the world’s major annual bird migration routes. Site observers have recorded sightings of numerous rare bird species, some of which use the Mujib area for hatching and breeding.  As is the case with all other components of the local ecosystem, we must follow and observe these species in order to get a clear picture of their distribution, the threats they face and environmentally appropriate ways to preserve their existence.

The research department at RSCN seeks to update the primary 2001 study on Mujib’s bird population by bringing in international volunteers and training a team of field researchers on bird-studying and bird-categorizing techniques. A collection of field reports based on their research will be compiled and archived for later reference.

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