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Annual General Assembly Meeting 2015
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) Board of Directors approved the annual report for the year 2014 during the annual general assembly meeting that took place on March 31 at the Royal Culture Center. The Meeting also witnessed the election of a new board of directors. 

The Board of Directors of RSCN has chosen Eng. Khaled Al-Irani as Chairman of the Board, Ghassan Asfour as Vice-Chairman and Issa Shahin as Secretary of the Board. In addition, Laila Sharaf, Yassin Al-Talhouni, Rana Al-Naber, Samir Al-Bandak, Omar Al-Shoshan and Dina Batayneh were chosen as members of the Board.
The Launch of "Earth Hour" Campaign in Jabal Amman 
For the 8 th year, RSCN organizes the "Earth Hour 2015" campaign in Jabal Amman, with the sponsorship of Hikma Pharmaceuticals.

Authorities Enforce Ban on Entry of Falcons from Gulf states
Gulf citizens entering Jordan are no longer allowed to bring in their falcons under a decision which seeks to protect the Kingdom’s wildlife, according to officials and a conservation group.

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Jordan: Aqaba Bird Observatory
A stunning variety of wading birds can be glimpsed at the Aqaba Bird Observatory, a key stop-off point for migratory wading birds on route to Africa or Asia.

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World Environmental News
Meet the Tiny Chinese Mammal that’s Cuter & Rarer than a Panda
More than 20 years after it was first discovered by chance on a geographical field trip, one of the world’s rarest and most adorable animals is now on the brink of extinction.

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An Escaped Sheep was Found with 60 Pounds of Wool
Shrek the sheep ran away and hid in a cave in New Zealand for 6 years. When Shrek was finally found in 2004, the sheep had gone unsheared for so long that it had accumulated 60 pounds of wool on its body, enough to make 20 suits! The sheep became famous and even got to meet the Prime Minister. Shrek finally passed away at the age of 16.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Restores the Houbara Bustard

In May, 2014, the International Fund of Houbara Conservation signed a cooperation agreement with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) to implement a three years conservation project to conserve the Houbara Bustard in Jordan. The project was planned jointly by the two parties to conserve the remaining wild Houbara populations, and enhance them with new individuals released from captivity to the wild.
The project will aim to “establish a viable population of Houbara Bustard in the known and historical distribution range in Jordan, in cooperation with all stakeholders and local communities around this range”.
The project will aim to “establish a viable population of Houbara Bustard in the known and historical distribution range in Jordan, in cooperation with all stakeholders and local communities around this range”.
Picture of the Month
Common Name: Dead Sea Sparrow
Scientific Name: Passer moabiticus

The Dead Sea Sparrow is a small passerine that have very specific habitat requirements. It is a resident species, and breeds in loose colonies in the Tamarisks thickets. Recent assessments that use the IUCN red list criteria show that the species is regionally threatened due to the various direct threats to the breeding habitats. Breeding habitat is along the River Jordan including Fifa Nature Reserve which is considered of one of important area for Dead Sea Sparrow in Jordan.


Did You Know that Some Snakes can Fly? 
The paradise gliding snake in southern Asia flattens its body and angles its head and body up to help push air beneath it, similar to an airplane at takeoff. It can move up to 100 meters between trees.
Environmental Tips
Putting a lid on a saucepan saves approximately 30 percent of the energy compared to cooking without a lid.

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Nature Conservation Research & Survey Activities (4,000 JOD)

Surveys indicate that the Mujib Biosphere Reserve contains over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores, and numerous species of resident and migratory birds. The richest vegetation is found on the wadi’s floor where palm trees, wild fig trees, tamarix trees, and beautiful oleander shrubs grow, in addition to the lush reed bed that flourishes along the river.
The Mujib Biosphere Reserve is characterized by its extensive area, which supports the presence of different carnivorous species. However, knowledge on these species is outdated and must be updated to assist in the evaluation of the level of conservation work needed onsite. Therefore, a Study of Carnivores shall be conducted in Mujib, requiring equipment, field work, and reporting.
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April 2015
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