Field Trips and Rambles 2014 - 2015 Season

 

Trips and Rambles



Dear QNHG Members and Ramblers

We finished this year’s rambles with two of the perennially popular hedgehog trips lead by Dr Nobuyuki Yamaguchi and his team from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Qatar University on the evenings of the 22nd and 29th May 2015.
 
By all accounts both evenings were enjoyed by all and I hope you enjoy these photographs.
 
We are already planning the first of next year’s Rambles.
In the meantime, wishing you and your family a happy summer. We look forward to seeing you all again in the Autumn.
As always, please contact Sally - Rambles Coordinator via email if you have any queries.
 
    



 Previous Trips and Rambles



Field Trip and Ramble: Bird watching Ramble with Neil Morris.

There were two rambles following Neill Morris’ talk on the 1st April 2015 


Ramble 1 - Bird Watching on the North Coast

Date : Friday 3rd April 2015

Gathering time and place: Landmark Mall car park just off the Shamal Road at 05:15am, for departure no later than 05:30 am.

Description:  A visit to the migration hotspots at the very northern tip of the Qatar peninsula, including Al Shamal Park, Al Ruwais/Al Mafjar and, if time allows, Fuwairit Village and lagoon.


Ramble 2 - Bird Watching at Irkaya Farm

Date : Saturday 4th April 2015

Gathering time and place: Jarir Bookstore car park on Salwa Road at 05:15am, for departure no later than 05:30am.

Description:  A visit to Qatar's premier biodiversity hotspot with its incongruous mix of cool green open fields and rocky desert terrain.


Trip Leader:  Neil Morris

Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani (QNHG)

What to bring:  Please bring plenty of water, food, sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hats as well - as your binoculars and cameras - as it will be dry and hot.

Logistics: Please note the rambles are limited to 20 people each day. We will be consolidating people into a few cars as possible at the meeting point. Please indicate when signing up if you have space for someone else. Sign up will be at the talk on Wednesday 1st April 2015 at DESS Any spare places will be allocated via the rambles email address rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org   

For queries contact: Sally  66791146 

For both trips:

  • This will involve off road driving and requires a 4x4 which should be kitted out for punctures etc.
  • We will consolidate into as few cars as possible. Please indicate if you have a 4x4 and are willing to take someone else when driving off road. 
  • Children allowed but parents should be advised it will be hot and dusty in remote locations, and they need to bring plentiful food and drinks.
  • Returning to Doha mid-afternoon depending on individual/group wishes.


Any queries, please contact Sally on rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org or  66791146





Field Trip and Ramble: QNHG Ramble to Al Sulaiteen Farm - website http://saic.com.qa/saic/
Maximum number 40 - please read carefully the notes below. 


Date : Saturday 7th February 2015

 

Gathering time and place: IKEA, 9:00 am - We will then convoy to the farm which is 10 kms away.

Trip Leaders:  Dr Aspasia Chatziefthimiou

Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani (QNHG)

What to bring:  Please bring warm clothes as we will be in the fields for a length of time

Logistics: Maximum number 40- please read carefully the notes below. 

If you have not already signed up for this trip, please contact the rambles coordinator as there are only a few places left. (Contacts below)

If you have signed up for this trip and can no longer go, please let the rambles coordinator know, so she can reallocate your place. 

If you have signed up for this trip and are going,  please just let the rambles coordinator know, you have got this subsequent information which was not available at last meeting to avoid that she contacts you twice.

Description:  We will be guided on this ramble by Dr. Aspasia who led us so well on the recent trip to the mangroves. Dr. Aspasia will share interesting ecological information about the farm processes and we will spend some time in the greenhouse viewing the hydrophobic system.

Dr. Chatziefthimiou is an ecologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. She belongs to a team of scientists that study the ecology of photosynthetic cyanobacteria in desert ecosystems across Qatar. 

She is an enthusiastic educator, teaching short-courses in microbial ecology and leading tours in nature in both Qatar and the USA. She has a strong commitment to outreach efforts giving scientific talks to the public and participating in educational programs. 
Any queries, please contact Sally on rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org or  66791146




Field Trip and Ramble: Traina Sinkhole Ramble


Date : Friday 23rd January 2015

 

Gathering time and place: Meet at Car Park in front of Carrefour, Villagio at 9.30 am

Duration: Start at 9.30 am. Return to Doha 3.30 pm. 

Trip Leaders:  Jeremy Jameson

Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani (QNHG)

What to bring:  You must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle for this trip
Make sure to bring sensible walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, drinking water and picnic lunch

Description:  The goal of this trip will be to examine one of the most spectacular karst depressions in southern Qatar.  This location is unique in displaying the field relationships that indicate a karst origin for the depression.  In addition, there is a spectacular barchans dune in the middle of the depression.  The depression is located 60 km south of Doha, on very rough cobble bedrock roads.  Be sure to check your tires, the spare and jack prior to departure.  

Timetable

9.30 dept Villagio. Please be ready to leave at 9.30am

11:00 arrive first stop

11:00-1:00- reconnaissance of depression

1:00-2:00- lunch on dune crest

2:00-3:30  journey back to Doha

Journey time to the Sinkhole is approx 1 hr and 15 mins

We will drive out Salwa road, turn south, taking the road to Abu Naklah (airbase)- the back route to Messaieed.  From there we turn towards Traina.


If anyone has any questions please email to Sally rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org

 



Field Trip and Ramble: Trip to Simaisma


Date : Saturday 13th December 2014

 

Gathering time and place: Meet at Al Khor Airfield at 9.45am.

Duration: Start at 06:00am, finishing at circa 14:00pm depending on weather and group wishes. 

Trip Leaders:  Dr Aspasia Chatziefthimiou

Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani (QNHG)

What to bring:  Bring plenty of water, sun-screen, extra pair of shoes, binoculars

Logistics: There is no limit to the people that can attend the tour, yet we will limit the cars driving to the actual mangroves to 40 to reduce destruction of the environment. Thus we will car-pool from the airfield to the beach.

Description:  On December 13th 2014 we had a lovely ramble around the mangroves at Simaisma led by Dr. Aspasia Chatziefthimiou, an ecologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Simaisma is a fishing town located about 40 kilometers north of Doha. Its peripheral coastline is a biodiversity hub inhabited by lush mangroves, birds of all feathers, crabs and covered with layers of cyanobacterial mats. After car pooling at Al Khor airport, 
Dr. Chatziefthymiou took us on a tour of this vibrant ecosystem and we finished the day with a quick beach clean each of us taking home at least one bag of rubbish each.   
Dr. Aspasia belongs to a team of scientists that study the ecology of photosynthetic cyanobacteria in desert ecosystems across Qatar, supported by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) 

Photos from the Ramble, on our Facebook page:


To attend to any Field Trip, you need to be a member of Qatar Natural History Group. See here details
For questions about the Rambles, email the Rambles Team Coordinator: rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org