Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

December Rambles: 

Early bird & Rawadat Nightlife - 4/12/2020

We hope everything is going well for you and your loved ones. As we’d like to make the most of the beautiful season, we’ll be very busy this coming Friday, and we'll be offering different options to choose from.

Birding trip (the early bird special)

Date: Friday, December 4th
Gathering Time and Place: 6:00 am, Al Ruwais
Duration: Approx +3 hours

Ramble Summary

Al Ruwais, is the first settlement at the northern tip of Qatar. It’s a mandatory stop for many migrating birds, whether on their way South, during Fall season, or on their way North during Spring. And migration is not over yet… Even in Doha, we can spot many wagtails walking on the lawns… So we’ll visit different habitats to discover the winter visitors and the regular residents.
Sunrise: 6:04

Trip Registration

Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited.
Send an email as soon as possible to Omer our ramble coordinator for this outing :
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Include your name, membership number and status, number of participants, and phone number (and Whatsapp number if different).

What to bring?

Water, Snacks
binoculars, birding book
camera


Rawdat nightlife (the nightwalkers)

Date: Friday, December 4th
Gathering Time and Place: 16:30, Al Jumailiya
Duration: Approx +4 hours

Ramble Summary


Rawdats are small depressions in the desert, where sediments and water tend to accumulate, and therefore supports vegetation and a rich biodiversity. During the daytime, many animals of the desert remain in their burrows, or hide in the vegetation or under some rocks. At night, it’s a different story… many insects, geckos, gerbils and jerboas, foxes, hedgehogs, bats and owls come to life... During this night exploration, we’ll be discovering some aspects of the desert nightlife.

Sunset: 16:43
Moonrise: 20:13

Trip Registration

Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited.
Send an email as soon as possible to Ray our ramble coordinator for this outing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Include your name, membership number and status, number of participants, and phone number (and Whatsapp number if different).

What to bring?

  • Water and food to picnic
  • Flashlight (headlights could be more practical), UV light (we may see some scorpions, and they’re easy to spot once they glow under the blacklight)
  • Cameras
  • Chairs

 Geminids Shower - 13/12/2020

Field Trip/ Ramble: Stargazing and Camping
Date: Sunday 13/12/2020
Gathering Time and Place: Meeting from 19:30, the place and other details will be confirmed after you register with ramble coordinator
Duration: 3-4 hours
Trip Leader & Coordinator: Omer Abdul Aziz

Trip Registration

Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited.  Send an email as soon as possible to Omer our ramble coordinators : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Include your: 

  • Name,
  • Number of participants,
  • Phone number (and Whatsapp number if different),
  • Membership number and status,

Ramble Summary

We have arranged for a star party for observing the Geminid meteor shower. Geminids are one of the finest meteor showers of the year. With no moon in the sky, this year is being hailed as a good one to observe geminids, weather permitting.

We’ll be heading South down Salwa Road for this exciting evening. That will allow us to avoid light pollution as much as possible.

4x4 is not necessary, but the last stretch is a rocky path, however sedans should be ok, driving carefully.

We will have a star walk as the night falls. We will try to see the following constellations /asterisms of the winter including Orion, Gemini (The radiant for this shower), Canis Major (the bigger dog), Canis Minor (the lesser dog), Cassiopia, Big Dipper, Taurus

You can leave at your convenience. Some members have expressed the desire to spend the night and camp on the spot. Feel free to join.

Please take care of the following instructions.  How to keep yourself warm

  1. It will be a cold and windy night. Please wear warm clothes.
  2. Wear multiple layers of clothing as this helps trap the heat.
  3. Gloves and cap will be a good idea.
  4. Remember that it takes time to lose and gain back the body temperature. So don't feel over confident and wear less. Wear warm clothing from the beginning of the session.

What to bring?

  • Red light and use it instead of white light during the session as white light is not good for watching stars.
  • Camping chairs, tables, camping beds or tents if you want to camp out.
  • DSLR camera with a tripod for milky-way photography
  • Plenty of water & food
  • Telescope (if you have one)

 


National Day - Trip To Sawda Natheel 18/12/2010

How about a special exploration to mark Qatar National Day? Let’s have some fun!

Gathering Time and Place: 9:30 am, Down Salwa Rd

Duration: Approx 11 hours


Ramble Summary

We have partnered with the Dune Riders for this special day, and we’re going to explore a little known area of Qatar off the beaten tracks. This route will allow us to reach Khor al Udaid (Inland Sea), from the Old UAE rd.

Meeting time at 9:30 am, down Salwa Rd, and we should be back at Sealine after 20:00.

Real 4WD is absolutely necessary (with 4H & 4L) as this trip involves driving in sand.


Trip Registration

Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited.

Send an email as soon as possible to Ray our ramble coordinator for this outing :

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 

Include your name, membership number and status, number of participants, and phone number (and Whatsapp number if different).

 What to bring?

  • Plenty of Water, Snacks and food
  • binoculars, camera
  • Chairs, flashlights

Always good to have your own off-road gear (Tyre deflator, shovel, recovery rope…). If you don't that's ok, as we'll have plenty of experienced dune riders with us.


Stargazing - Planatery conjunction - 21/12/20

Location:  Barwa City 
Gathering Time and Place:  meeting at 16:300 for 2 hours.  Exact location will be shared upon registration 
Sunset: 16:45
Trip Leader & Coordinator: Omer Bin Abdul Aziz

Trip Registration

Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited.
Send an email as soon as possible to Omer our ramble coordinators : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Include:
1) your name,
2) membership number and status,
3) number of participants,
4) phone number (and Whatsapp number if different).

Ramble Summary

Season's greetings, a happy new year and the best of health to you and your families.
 
2020 is drawing to an end.  We had an eventful year for more than one reasons. While the entire world is gripped by the fear of the virus, there were some silver linings to 2020 as well.  The circumstances offered us opportunities to spend more time with our friends, family and nature in Qatar. We were able to explore the country more than we would usually have done.  We thank everyone for their enthusiasm and participation.  

We are marking the end of 2020 by nothing less than a rare celestial event that will not occur for another sixty years!  On December 21st, Jupiter and Saturn will appear very close in the evening sky - an event called The Great Conjunction.   

Great conjunctions of these two planets happen at an average of 20 years.  However, this great conjunction is special.  The planets will come as close as 0.1 degree to each other (by comparison, the moon disc is 0.5 degree in width).  Last time this happened was in year 1623.  

On 21st December, you can still see each planet separately in the evening sky, albeit very close to each other.  Binoculars or telescopes will reveal surface features (rings of Saturn, cloud belts and moons of Jupiter) in the same field of view. 

Next time the planets come this close to each other will be in 2080.  Many of us may not be around at that time - but if you are watching this great conjunction with  kids - they may very well be able to see it.  So it will be good to watch this conjunction with kids.  They will have a remembrance of things past next time they see it!  (A group photo with the planets in the background is in order!)

We have arranged for a get together to see this rare event  if you are interested.  Due to covid and social distancing, you will have to bring your own camera / binoculars. We will not be sharing the optical aids with each other.  

For those who can not join us - they can observe the planets in the west after sunset.  First the moon will appear higher in the sky .. then Jupiter in the west and very soon another small dot next to it - Saturn.  

 

 

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