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A Workshop on "Environmental Governance" in Bani Kenanah
A training workshop on "Environmental Governnance" was inaugurated by the Governor of Bani kenanah and organized by Yarmouk Nature Reserve in collaboration with Dibeen Forest Reserve and Royal Botanical Garden.
RSCN Celebrated World Wetlands Day 2015
Quail Hunting Season Began on February 13
In celebration of World Wetlands Day, RSCN organized a lecture on “World Wetlands Day 2015”.
RSCN said the hunting season for quails began on February 13 and will continue through the end of April.
Local Environmental News
All 6,000 Mosques in Jordan to Run on Solar Energy
As global oil prices continue to drastically fluctuate up and down over the years, the Kingdom of Jordan has announced that all of their mosques will soon run on solar energy, in an attempt to save money and promote sustainable development.
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Regional Environmental News
Solar-powered plane takes off for test flight in Abu Dhabi
The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 took to the skies for a test flight, days before its departure for its round-the-world voyage. Si2, the first aircraft able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel, successfully completed its maiden flight in the capital.
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World Environmental News
Extremely Rare Fox Seen in Yosemite — First Time in 100 Years
One of the rarest animals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox, has been caught on camera in California's 
Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century.

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Corona Virus Project

The project began in 2014 as a grant from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 200 blood and saliva samples were collected from camels and bats to be tested for the presence of corona virus strain MERS in Jordan to study the spread of the diseases. The analysis showed that all samples taken from bats were negative. Samples taken from camels are now being analyzed and the process may take a few months to complete.

Picture of the Month
Common Name: Arabian horned viper
Scientific Name: 
Cerastes gasperettii

The Arabian horned viper, Cerastes gasperettii is a seriously poisonous snake inhabiting various types of dunes. It spends the day buried in sand or in deep bushes and forages for prey after the sunset. Desert rodents and various geckoes are typical prey items for this impressive animal. Although it has a very bad reputation among people living in the desert, horned viper will not attack unless provoked or handled; Cases of bite are very rare.  This snake is classified as least concern (LC) species.

Did You Know!

The Arabian Oryx is considered threatened at international and national levels. It is the most highly specialized of the Oryx for living in true desert extremes. Its light color reflects the desert sunlight and in winter season Its coat and black legs absorb more of the sun heat. It is the smallest species of the Oryx genus (Oryx dammah, Oryx gazella and Oryx leucoyx). The height is about 90 cm the shoulder, the weight is 65-70 kg. The horns are slender, pointed and have a slight curve rearward. Arabian Oryxes grow up to 75 cm. Most of the body is either creamy or bright white in color, which contrasts with dark markings on the head, legs and tail.
Environmental Tips
An electric water boiler is the most energy-efficient way to boil water.

An RSCN Sponsorship Menu project that you can support:
Developing the Management of Water Buffalo at the Azraq Wetland Reserve (3,500 JOD)
The Azraq Wetland Reserve uses water buffalos as a management tool to create the characteristic habitat of the wetlands. The RSCN has been managing the buffaloes for several years and the results of the monitoring program indicate that these buffaloes have contributed to the wetland habitat’s restoration program. The RSCN plans to expand the current water buffalo barn to be able to keep the newborn calves, and also to help in controlling the buffaloes’ movement in the wetlands and prevent them from approaching birds' nests.
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March 2015
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