Calendar of Events 2018

Dec 31
Deadline - Photography & Art Exhibition
We will be celebrating Oman Environment Day on the 8th of January 2019 by organizing a Photography & Art Exhibition under the theme of Omani Nature & Landscape. This will be a great opportunity to showcase our member’s work, create art with an environmental message, and spread awareness about the urgent needs to live sustainably in our environment.

Please register through this link if you have the interest and talent. Registration is a MUST and is only open for ESO members until Monday, 31st December 2018. Each member can submit up to three printed photos/paintings/art pieces with a title and a short explanation (from 10 to 30 words).

The exhibition location is yet to be confirmed.
Dec 10
Movie Night - Sonic Sea
PDO, Knowledge World
The movie, “Sonic Sea” is about sea noise pollution and the impact it has on marine mammals. You can watch the movie trailer in the link:

Open to the public
Language: English
Age: 12 & above

Register through this link.

Dec 3
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
“Natural Environment and Architecture in Oman” : Ali Jaffer Al Lawati is an Architectural Engineer specialized in Sustainable Design with a Master Degree from Cardiff University.  He is a sustainability advocate and brings environmental issues and green inspiration through the weekly radio show titled “Sustainable Architecture” via Oman Radio.

The Omani environment is characterized by its geographical and geological diversity. The Omani people settled on this land and their architecture changed according to the geographical and climatic conditions of the mountains, plateaus, deserts, valleys and coasts as well as social, economic and historical factors. The Omani architecture reflects the natural environment and tells the story of a civilization through which Oman can be identified. Eng. Ali Al-Lawati presents the main factors of the settlement in Oman and briefing the characteristics of traditional urban area and its relation to the natural environment of Oman.

Please confirm your attendance through this link
Nov 17
Field Trip (Member's Only)
Wadi Al Himli
Wadi Al Himli is one of the valleys of the western Hajar Mountains and is located west of the state of Al Rustaq along the state of Al Suwaiq. The valley is full of many geological, archaeological, historical and natural features of the Ophiolite rocks and the famous geological line which is called Moho. There are also archaeological sites dating from before Current Era, and agricultural oases that extend along the banks of the valley and the ancient lanes and houses.

Date: Saturday, 17th November 2018
Time: Meeting point at 9 am in Rustaq (keep in mind its 2 hours’ drive from Muscat)
Meeting point: TBC

· Registration is a must; on a first come first serve basis;
· Every member can bring ONLY 1 non-member;
· Bring your water bottle;
· The trip is likely to take 6 hours.
· Wear appropriate clothing (suitable for a conservative community), shoes, hat or cap & apply sun screen;
· Traditional lunch will be provided;

email with the below information to confirm your registration to the trip:
Name (Member):
Name (Non-member):
Mobile No.
Emergency No. 
Oct 29
Movie Night
PDO, Knowledge World
ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Join us to know more about the work that has been done, and what Chris Jordan and his team found on the Midway Island. For the trailer please visit the link

Engligh (no subtitles)
Age: 12 & above
Registration Deadline: Thursday 27th September 2018
Registration is a must! Please register through this link
Oct 22-23
ESO College Public Speaking Competition
Hotel Muscat Holiday - Al Khuwair
All Day
Oct 9
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Humans' Raw Connection to the Environment by Fahad Al Abri: To harness a raw connection with the environment whilst learning to appreciate and honor this relationship.

Fahad Al Abri stepped into the world of fitness from a young age. A boy, enthusiastic about football and martial arts he grew up to be an endurance and competitive athlete who has participated in two world championships. One being The World Games for the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) representing Oman in the Middle Eastern team. Secondly in the Spartan World Championship 2017.

He believes in a positive approach to wellbeing with a specific focus on enhancing and promoting strength to enable people to unleash their full potential. In 2016 he founded the HandStandEveryCity movement to promote travel and well-being. He has used the handstand to symbolize the mental and physical strength and perspective to promote peace. This journey has enabled him to expand upon his personal philosophy of looking at life from a different perspective. He was invited to deliver two TEDx talks in both Oman and India to share his ideas. Most recently he has traveled to Pakistan to promote peace in collaboration with local platforms.

Please confirm your attendance through this link

Oct 6
Field Trip (Members Only)
Bait Al Baraka Breeding Centre
8am - 12pm
The purpose of the visit is to gain more information about the Breeding Centre, get better appreciation for these magnificent animals and to bring ESO members closer to them. The number of visitors is limited to 25 visitors, so members should register as soon as possible.

Kindly be aware of the following:

- Participation will be on a “first come first serve” basis;
- Registration is a must;
- Children aged 13 or over are welcome to join;
- Members can bring only 1 non-member along
- Members are encouraged not to wear bright coloured clothes, and wear appropriate walking shoes;
- Members are encouraged to share their cars with other members, please let us know if you have extra room for passengers

Registration Deadline: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Please register through this link & more information will be sent after the registration has been submitted

Sept 18
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
“Travelers of the deep blue” by Jenan Al Asfoor.

Jenan is ESO's Communications Coordinator and is passionate about exploring marine life as a Scuba diver since 2010 and participating as a volunteer on Coral Reef Expeditions in Musandam/Oman and the Maldives with Biosphere Expeditions. She also took part in the Azores expedition studying whales, dolphins and turtles around the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first Omani Reef Check EcoDiver Trainer and in this talk she would like to share her experience in the Azores archipelago and the fascinating creatures of the deep blue. 
May 2
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
"Zero Waste" by Bea Johnson
Apr 27
Members Only Trip
Jabal Al Akhdar
8am - 3pm
Please join us for farm visits and village tour in Jabal al AKhdar, guided by local experts on Friday 27th April, 2018. The seats are limited so please make sure to book your seat before Tuesday, 24th April 2018 at 12pm.

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 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; Carpooling can be arranged;
· Lunch and water will be provided. Lunch will be Omani food (Rice with meat & chicken); bring your bottle of water for refill. Please let us know if you’ve got special dietary requirements.

If you are interested to join please register through this link & you will receive a confirmation email with the exact location for the meeting point.

Apr 20
Members Only Trip
Qurm Nature Reserve Trip
7:30 - 10am
In collaboration with MECA we will be taking 20 ESO members to the Qurm Nature Reserve Mangrove for birdwatching, plant nursery, general information about the mangrove, soil samples, kayaking etc. The seats are limited so please make sure to book your seat before 18th April 2018 at 12pm.

· Registration is a must!
· Participation will be on “first come first serve” basis, and ONLY for ESO members;
· The event is free of charge;
· Recommendation: use sunblock, a hat, wear comfy clothes & shoes for both kayaking & walking around the reserve;
· ESO will provide water so bring with you a bottle to refill.

If you are interested to join please register through this link & you will receive a confirmation email with the agenda of the day.  
Apr 23
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Adventures in Marine Conservation by Suaad Al Harthi
Mar 26
Annual General Assemby
Cultural Club, Qurum, Muscat
ESO's Annual General Assembly is only open to ESO Members. Become a Member Today! The aim of this AGM is to vote a new Board and update our members on the work completed in 2016 and on the upcoming projects and activities in 2018.

Cultural Club Location
Mar 24
Earth Hour
Click here to find out more about our Earth Hour Event!
Feb 18
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
“Photographing elusive leopards” by David Willis

David will give an illustrated talk about his early days of photographing Arabian leopards in Oman and his progression to capturing images of the snow leopard in the Himalayas. He will also talk about the work of the Snow Leopard Conservancy – India and show two short films he and his sons made for the Conservancy.

David is an Australian artist who first came to Oman in 1979. After several visits the Willis family became resident in Oman in 1986. David has been a keen photographer of animals, working with them in Africa and Asia. In the early 1990’s he obtained the first photographs of the Arabian leopard in the wild using a self-made camera trap and later went on to photography and film snow leopards in the Himalayas.

Jan 30
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Tracking Endangered Vultures and Eagles to Aid Conservation by Mike McGrady & Andrew Kwarteng:

The presentation will focus on scavenging birds, particularly migrating eagles and vultures that spend their winter in Oman. It will give an overview of the scavenging birds, their characteristics, their importance and the threats they face. They will summarize tracking results relating bird movements to the existence of rubbish dumps and the potential risk faced by large birds as well the opportunities for conservation in relation to the electricity network. 

The collision and electrocution of birds at powerlines is a major conservation issue that has been reported from several countries. Globally, more than one billion birds annually are known to be killed by collisions with powerlines. Such mortality could contribute to population decline for species from several avian orders. At the national level, systematic and transparent assessment of rigorously collected data could be used for prioritizing policies and management strategies. Monitoring of bird mortality can provide valuable information to ensure that bird-friendly design at new powerlines, and retro-fitting of exiting lines to achieve desired mortality reductions. In this preliminary study, we examine the potential risks for scavenging birds with electricity infrastructure in Muscat and Ash Sharqiyah regions.

Please confirm your attendance here
Jan 23
Public Lecture (English)
Knowledge World, Qurum, Muscat (previously called EcOman Center)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
“Learning About Whales by Eavesdropping on Their Songs” presented by Dr. Salvatore Cerchio

From the barely audible throbbing of blue whales, to the hauntingly spectacular growls and screams of humpbacks, whales sing. These sirens of the sea perform a diverse and powerful symphony across the globe, with as many different song types as there are species that sing them. By listening to the ocean, and the songs that whales sing, biologists learn an enormous amount of information about species and populations, from details of mating behavior to how whales migrate and which populations are connected or isolated. This lecture will explore the diversity of whale song, ranging from simple pulses of fin whales to the complex and intricate patterns of humpback whales, and present some very new discoveries about the Arabian Sea humpback whales and how their unusual song fits in to the global picture.

Dr. Cerchio has been studying cetaceans around the world for 36 years, and has been working in the Indian Ocean since 2004. His research on cetaceans ranges from humpback whales to coastal dolphins to Omura’s whales, with an emphasis on bioacoustics and vocal behavior. Currently he focuses his research in the Southwest Indian Ocean, based off Madagascar studying humpback whales, blue whales and the newly discovered Omura's whale. Most recently he has collaborated with the Environment Society of Oman on an extensive study of Arabian Sea humpback whale song.

Jan 15
Public Lecture (English)
PDO (Knowledge World)
7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
“Birdwatching in Oman - highlights from a 31 year journey” presented by Jens Eriksen. 

Jens Eriksen came with his wife Hanne to Oman in 1986 for Jens to take up a teaching position at Sultan Qaboos University and to help start up the Chemistry Department. Since then the Eriksens have travelled extensively throughout Oman to study the wildlife of this great country. Jens has authored or co-authored numerous books, especially about the birds, and has won several international awards for his photography. Among the latest books are Oman Bird List, edition 7, Wildlife in Oman, a guide for young people, Common Birds in Oman, 3rd edition and Birds of Oman. Jens retired in 2011 to concentrate entirely on his bird studies and wildlife photography. The Eriksens will be leaving Oman very soon and it may be the last chance to hear about their adventures.

Please confirm your attendance through this link 

Coffee and tea will be served before the talk. Please bring your own mug as we will not be serving with plastic or paper cups.