Calendar of Events 2017

Dec 18
Public Lecture (English)
PDO (Knowledge World)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
"Turtles in Oman" by Mario De Stephano
Dec 11
Public Lecture (English)
PDO (Knowledge World)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
"Endangered Humpback Whale" by Nan Daeschler 
Nov 27
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
“The journey of an Epilepsy survivor” presented by Medina Ilyassova

Medina is a mother of 2, adventurer, entrepreneur, ub-cool.com founder, yoga fan, and epilepsy survivor. She used to suffer from epilepsy 14+ years, and she truly believes that epilepsy isn’t a barrier for a life full of adventures & incredible experiences.

Medina will share her personal experience as an epilepsy survivor and why living with epilepsy shouldn’t be a barrier for an adventurous life. In this talk you will be familiar with what’s epilepsy – the basics, seizures, causes, diagnosis and treatment. She will be also talking about real inspirational stories of epileptic patients on extraordinary journeys such as Ashley Wilson, Marion Clignet, Madison Bizold etc.

Please confirm your attendance through this link 
Oct 26
Field Trip
Bandar Khayran
All Day
Please join us for treasure hunt, kayaking and clean up. The seats are limited (30 people) so make sure to book your seat before Thursday 19th October 2017 at 12:00 pm.

Trip Details
Date: Thursday 26th October, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Meeting time: TBC
Meeting location: TBC

Kindly be aware
· The event is free of charge;
· Registration is a must;
· Participation will be on “first come first serve” basis, and ONLY for ESO members; every member can bring along only ONE non-member to join the trip.
· Transportation will be provided from the meeting point.
· Lunch and drinks will be provided. Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan etc.) and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you are interested to join us, please contact Ms. Aisha Al Ghallabi at membership@eso.org.om or on 24790945 (Ext: 121) and provide the following information:

Full Name of all participants (no registration without names):
Phone number:
Emergency phone number:
Oct 25
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (PDO)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Rowing the Atlantic Ocean by Charlotte Best:

On the 14th December 2016, the all-female crew of team Atlantic Endeavour left La Gomera in the Canary Islands to start their unassisted row across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. They successfully crossed the Atlantic on the 7th February 2017, after 55 days, 13 hours and 29 minutes at sea. They faced waves of 30 - 40 feet, isolation, Saharan dust clouds, seasickness, salt sores, dehydration, sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue on their journey. The four young women are not professional athletes or adventurers, with all four holding full-time jobs during the tiring 2-year preparation period to reach the start line of the race. Their aim was to inspire women to push their boundaries, whilst raising awareness and funding for their two chosen charities.

Register Here
Oct 23-24
ESO College Public Speaking Competition
Crowne Plaza Muscat
All Day
www.omanspeaking.org
Sept 17
Movie Night -English with Arabic subtitles
Vox Cinema, Qurum City Center (Screen 6)
7:30pm (1.5 hour movie)
The documentary “A Plastic Ocean” brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. An international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean.

You can watch the documentary trailer on the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw

Free event but donations very welcome. Reservation mandatory
Age 6+

The venue holds a maximum of 98 people and reservation will be done on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP to Aisha Al Ghallabi, Membership Coordinator on membership@eso.org.om or on 24790926 – (ext 121) by providing the following information:

Full name:
Membership no. (If available):
Phone number:
Email:

Aug 19
Members Only Visit
Oman Natural History Museum
10am - 1pm
The museum opened on 1985, and has a detailed coverage of Oman's flora and fauna, with displays on indigenous mammals, insects, and birds and botanical gardens. One of the highlights of the museum is the whale room: it houses the huge skeleton of a sperm whale, which was washed up on the Omani coastline in the 1980s.The museum contains marine and animal fossils and ancient mammals. Please join us and book your seats as they are limited. If you are interested to join us, please contact Ms. Aisha Al Ghallabi at membership@eso.org.om or on 24790945 (Ext: 121). Participation will be on “first come first serve” basis, and ONLY for ESO members; every member can bring along only ONE non-member to join the trip.
Aug 8
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
ESO welcomes Steve Holyoak to talk about Fat-Biking the Empty Quarter
Jul 31
Public Lecture (Arabic)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Please join us for a photographic presentation about the natural phenomenon observed and interactions with wild animals.
Lecturer: Mr. Waheed Abdullah Al Fazari
Language: ARABIC
Register here  

Jul 26
Movie Night (Arabic with English subtitles)
VOX Cinema Qurum, Screen 6
7:30pm (1 hour movie)
Registration is a must! Contact Aisha Al Ghallabi by email Aisha.alghallabi@eso.org.om or 24970945 (ext 121)

The documentary, “Sooty Falcon” highlights the efforts exerted in the Sultanate to study and protect this long-range flyer. The purpose of the project was to gather ecological information about the Sooty Falcon that could be used to develop conservation and protection plans, including information on its numbers, reproductive success and diet and we are happy to announce that this documentary was filmed here in Sultanate of Oman in collaboration between the Office for Conservation of Environment, Diwan of Royal Court, and specialized local and international organizations.

Age 6+

Click here to watch trailer
Jul 17
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
"Wildlife Photography in Serengeti" by Waleed Al Fazari
Please confirm your attendance through this link
Jun 5
Ramadan Quiz
Masirah, Masirah Sports Club
9.30pm
Have some fun and test your environmental knowledge! You can enter either as a team (maximum five people per team) - or you may book your individual seats and form teams at the venue. To book your table and for more information contact Abdulaziz Al Alawi at abdulaziz.alawi@eso.org.om or on GSM: 91100656, Tel: 24790954 (Ext 114)


Jun 4
Ramadan Quiz
Sur, Golden Hall
9.30pm
Have some fun and test your environmental knowledge! You can enter either as a team (maximum five people per team) - or you may book your individual seats and form teams at the venue. To book your table and for more information contact Abdulaziz Al Alawi at abdulaziz.alawi@eso.org.om or on GSM: 91100656, Tel: 24790954 (Ext 114)


May 30
Ramadan Quiz
Salalah - Muscat International Hotel (Salalah Al Wusta)
9.30pm
Have some fun and test your environmental knowledge! You can enter either as a team (maximum five people per team) - or you may book your individual seats and form teams at the venue. To book your table and for more information contact Abdulaziz Al Alawi at abdulaziz.alawi@eso.org.om or on GSM: 91100656, Tel: 24790954 (Ext 114)


May 22
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center, PDO)
7pm
The study of bird migration has become one the most enthralling aspects of the avian world. As part of an ongoing project sponsored by The Research Council (TRC), SQU is monitoring the migration of Crab Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman using GPS devices fitted on the birds. The Crab Plovers migrated for approx 1400 km to their breeding islands in Kuwait, Iran and Iraq, and returned to Oman in the fall. The Bar-tailed Godwits on the other hand, traveled approximately 6000 km to their breeding areas south of the Kara Sea in the Arctic tundra of Siberia, Russia. Six of the remaining 10 Bar-tailed Godwits started their 2017 northward migration in the second week of April and are currently at the staging areas on the east coast of the Caspian Sea and north of the Aral Sea, prior to the final flight to Siberia. Join us to learn more from research scientist Andy Kwarteng.
May 9
Sonic Sea - Movie Night (free entrance for members)
Bosch Center, TAISM (The American Intl School Muscat)
Doors open at 6.30pm, Movie starts at 7pm
ESO would like to invite you to attend its first Movie Night awareness event. The movie, “Sonic Sea” is about sea noise pollution and the impact it has on marine mammals. The event will be free for ESO members. Non-memberscan purchase tickets AT THE DOOR or from Kargeen Restaurant (Madinat Qaboos), Boutique Muscat (The Wave), My Roti Restaurant (Al Qurum) and ESO office(Darsait).
Age: 10 and above
Watch the trailer here 
May 3
WGO Summer Craft Fair
Al Bahja Hall, Qurum National Park
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Please visit our stand at the WGO craft fair
May 2
Public Lecture (Arabic)
Knowledge World (PDO EcOman)
7pm
Presented by Mohamed Al Zadjali (in Arabic): It is the largest sand desert in the world. A hundred years ago it was the last great unknown”. In 1930 a small team of men, guided by Omani Sheikh Salih bin Kalut, led British explorer Bertram Thomas on the first recorded crossing of this magnificent but dangerous landscape. Challenged by the unknown, they walked for nearly 1,300 kilometers from the coast of Oman, through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the coast of Qatar. Now, 85 years later, another team of Omanis is taking on the challenge – leading British explorer Mark Evans across the same stretch of desert. 

Apr 28
Field Trip (ESO members only)
Jebel Akhdar
9am - 4pm
Due to the high number of registrations of our previous Jabal Al Akhdar outing, we are pleased to invite you to a second members’ outing on Friday 28th April, 2017. Please join us for farm visits and village tour in Jabal al AKhdar, guided by local experts. The seats are limited so please make sure to book your seat before 26th April 2017 at 12 pm. The priority will be given to those who registered to the first outing, and the rest will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Apr 18
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center, PDO)
7pm
Wildlife in Oman' by Dr. Jens Eriksen
Apr 17
Annual General Assemby
Crowne Plaza Muscat
6.30-8pm
ESO's Annual General Assembly is only open to ESO Members. Become a Member Today! The aim of this AGM is to update our members on the work completed in 2016 and on the upcoming projects and activities in 2017.
Apr 15-20
Masirah Turtle Awareness Week
Masirah Island
All Day
The ESO Team will be holding an awareness week on Masirah Island, home to the endangered loggerhead turtle. We invite locals to join us for school presentations, community discussions and football tournaments!
Apr 14
Field Trip
Jebel Akhdar
8.30am - 4:30pm
Members only! Please join us for farm visits, village tour and bird watching (Guided by local experts). The seats are limited so please make sure to book your seat before 11th April 2017 at 12:00 pm.

The event is free of charge, Registration is a must, Participation will be on “first come first serve” basis, and ONLY for ESO members; every member can bring along only ONE non-member to join the trip.

Transportation will not be provided by ESO, and a 4x4 is a must for this trip. If you would like to join but haven’t got a 4x4, please contact us; Lunch and drinks will be provided. 

Deadline for registration: Tuesday 11th April, 2017 12:00 pm

If you are interested to join us, please contact Ms. Aisha Al Ghallabi at membership@eso.org.om or on 24790945 (Ext: 121)
Mar 25
Earth Hour
EVERYWHERE!
8.30-9.30pm
Shangrila Bar Al Jissah Hotel will be hosting a fun family event open to the public starting at 5pm with games and entertainment prior to earth hour (8:30-9:30pm). We hope you will all join us there and later in turning off your lights for 1 hour to show your solidarity for earth hour. ESO is proud to annouce that this year the Royal Opera House Muscat and The Grand Mosque will be turning off all non-essential lighting in support of ESO's Earth Hour Campaign! Visit www.omanearthhour.org for more information on Earth Hour and to make the pledge to turn off your lights!
Mar 1-2
Field Trip (ESO members only)
Al Ansab Wetlands
TBA
We invite members to join us for a field trip to the Al Ansab Wetlands, a natural wonderland in the heart of Muscat. It provides a showcase for Oman’s impressive nature with its abundance of bird life. The Wetland is home to an amazing 293 species of birds that may be present at different times throughout the year Visitors can see wading birds such as the Black-Winged Stilt that are resident at the Wetland all year.  The Wetland is not just a special place for birds; it is also a safe haven for Oman’s plants, butterflies and other species. This trip is open to ESO Members only. Become a member today!
Feb 24-25 (tentative)
Beach Clean up
Damaniyat Islands
All Day
With support from PDO and in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, we will continue our beach clean ups at the Damaniyat Islands, Oman's only marine nature reserve. Thank you to those volunteers who have signed up! Registration is now closed 
Feb 14
Public Lecture (English)
Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs Headquarter, Theater Hall - Ministry Street, Muscat
7pm
Lecture by Mark Evans - “It is the largest sand desert in the world. A hundred years ago it was the last great unknown”. In 1930 a small team of men, guided by Omani Sheikh Salih bin Kalut, led British explorer Bertram Thomas on the first recorded crossing of this magnificent but dangerous landscape. Challenged by the unknown, they walked for nearly 1,300 kilometers from the coast of Oman, through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the coast of Qatar. Now, 85 years later, another team of Omanis is taking on the challenge – leading British explorer Mark Evans across the same stretch of desert.
Feb 12
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center, PDO)
7pm
Mateo Willis, Director and Cameraman has filmed for BBC's Wildlife Arabia and Planet Earth. Join us to learn more about his experiences in filming of wildlife. Doors open at 7pm, Lecture starts at 7.30pm 
Jan 23
Public Lecture (English with Arabic slides)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7pm
Professor Paul Yule will be discussing "Oman's Last Pre Islamic Period: The First Omanis"
Doors open at 7pm, Lecture starts at 7.30pm
Jan (TBA)
Beach Clean up
Damaniyat Islands
All Day
TBA
Jan 17
Public Lecture (English)
PDO Eco Oman Center
7pm
“Egyptian Vulture research and conservation in Oman and in other parts of their range” presented by Dr. Mike McGrady