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RSCN Confiscates Weapons Hunting Rock Hyrax in Maan
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has seized and confiscated weapons of unlicensed hunters who were hunting the rock hyrax, a mammal whose population is dwindling in Jordan.

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Mujib Reserve Opens for New Adventure Season
Heavy rain during the winter created two new ponds in the Siq Trail at the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, which has reopened for another adventure season.

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Local Environmental News
Jordan Begins Producing of Electricity from Wind Energy
A 117 - megawatt wind farm in Tafileh, 180 km southwest of the capital, will begin its initial operations by the end of April, producing electricity from five turbines.

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Regional Environmental News
Ultra-Rare Black Flamingo Spotted in Cyprus
A rare black greater flamingo made news this month after it was spotted among a flock of white and pink brethren at the Akrotiri Environmental Center on the Mediterranean island nation.

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World Environmental News
Heartbreaking Photos Of Pollution That Will Inspire you to recycle
20 million Americans mobilized on April 22, 1970; 30 years later, that number was up to 200 million citizens of the Earth. What was the cause that brought these people together? It was the desire to make the Earth a better place.

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Bald Eagles Nest in NYC for First Time since 1800
A pair of bald eagles is nesting in New York City for the first time in more than 210 years, wildlife experts said, an event that highlights a national comeback by the majestic raptors after bans on pesticides and hunting.

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Roe Deer Releasing Program at Ajloun Forest Reserve

The Roe Deer inhabited Ajloun Forest and the surrounding area in the past. In 1988, RSCN started a project to re-introduce the Roe Deer in the Forest. The program included a breeding and releasing program in Zubia Nature Reserve. The breeding program started with two pairs of Deer brought from Turkey. In August 2000 the Roe Deer were transferred to a fenced area inside Ajloun Forest Reserve where the breeding program was continued.
In 2006 the herd which composed of 26 individuals (15 female, 11male) was released in the Reserve. 
A survey conducted in 2014 showed that the releasing program was successful as the Roe Deer spread inside Ajloun Reserve and the forested surrounding area. This distribution assured the ability of Roe Deer to adapt and use the available resources.
Picture of the Month
Common Name: The sword-leaved Orchid
Scientific Name: Cephalanthera longifolia

The sword-leaved Orchid (Cephalanthera longifolia), also known as narrow-leaved helleborine, has white flowers with a yellow or orange-edged lip. Each plant may produce either a single or several upright stems, and the flowers occur in spikes. This plant is a perennial orchid that flowers in April and May. It tends to flower only if conditions are favorable, with sufficient light, and requires a mycorrhizal fungal partner to develop seeds. The sword-leaved helleborine has been widely recorded, but it declined markedly in the 19th and 20th centuries due to habitat degradation. It occurs locally throughout much of Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia across to China and the Himalayas, but is local and rare in some countries as Jordan. It is noteworthy to mention that the sword-leaved Orchid is listed in CITES Appendix II.
Did You Know!

The Coast Redwood is considered the tallest tree in the world. It is found in the State of California, USA.
Environmental Tips
Defrosting food in the fridge reduces the energy need of the fridge.
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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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