2015 -2016 Trips

 

End of Trips and Rambles Season 2015-2016


What a spectacular end to the rambling year. Our deepest thanks to Dr Jeff Obbard, and his team for an amazing night with the turtles. We are also very grateful to Qatar Petroleum; Ministry of Municipal Planning & Environment; and Environmental Science Center, Qatar University. Please send any photographs you have for sharing.
Thank you to all of you who lead or took part in the rambles. By their nature they are often complex and changeable and your patience and flexibility is appreciated. I am always happy to have suggestions for rambles.
Wishing you all a serene summer and looking forward to seeing you all in October 2016.
Kind regards, 
Sally 
 
 
 



 
Field Trip and Ramble Turtle Hatching  
Date: 22sd of June 2016  time: 18:00
Duration:  3-4 Hours Approx 
Gathering Place: Waste Ground in Front of Landmark Car Park.    
 
Trip Leaders:
Dr Jeff Obbard, Director, Environmental Science Center, Qatar University
Dr. David Smyth, Assistant Professor of Research, Environmental Science Centre ,Qatar University.

Trip Coordinator Sally Campalani, QNHG

How to registrar: Please register by e-mailing me , include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party, if you have a 4x4 and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146. Please let me know if you cannot come so your place can be reallocated.

 
Important Note: Please note this is information for QNHG members only. In the interests of protecting the turtles which are critically endangered, please keep this information for your own use. 
 
The trip is limited to 50 people. 
Important Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party, if you have a 4x4 and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146. Please let me know if you cannot come so your place can be reallocated

Logistics: 
4x4 is desirable as there is a small piece of off road at the end.  Some higher cars maybe fine but we will car pool at Landmark for those who do not have a 4x4. Do not bring torches as they may interfere with the turtles behaviour. The trip leaders will provide any illumination required.
 
 Biographies
 
Dr. Jeff Obbard is currently the Director of the Environmental Studies Center (ESC) at Qatar University. Prior to joining the ESC, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He also served as Research Director at the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS, and held a joint-appointment with the Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC) in Singapore, as  a Principal Scientist. He is also Technical Director of his university spin-off company, AiRazor Technologies, which manufactures devices to protect personal health from indoor air pollution. On a sabbatical from NUS between 2010 and 2012, he served as Vice President for Science & Technology in a joint-venture company of Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum in Hawaii, USA. His work was focussed on the development of microalgae as a renewable-energy resource. He has also served as an invited Expert Reviewer on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on climate change in (2012-2013), and was recognized as a Top 100 ‘Global Sustainability Leader’ in 2014 by SustainAbility Showcase Asia. Prior to his appointment at NUS, he worked as a Senior Environmental Scientist & Consultant for SKM Enviros - a British environmental consultancy firm specializing in waste management & disposal, and was based in the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. He has published widely in the field of environmental science, and has a citation index in excess of 5,500 based on about 150 scientific publications. He has also served as a consultant in Asia, the Middle East and the USA on environmental projects related to his research
 



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Field Trip and Ramble Storage Area Museum of Islamic Art  
Date: 16th of May 2016  time: 9am and 10 am
Duration:  45 minutes per tour   
 
Trip Leaders: Dr Aristoteles Georgios Sakellariou. Head of Conservation, Museum of Islamic Art 

Trip Coordinator : David Yates. Head of QNHG

How to registrar: Please register by e-mailing me  include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146.

Summary: 
This is a behind the scenes tour around one of the most restricted areas in Qatar due to the precious nature of the collections. The tour will concentrate on the care and conservation efforts of the collections

Logistics: 
This trip is limited to a total of 10 members per tour on a first come first served basis. If you get a place we will need photocopies of your passport or QID by the 10th May 2016 the latest. If you cannot come, please let us know so someone else can take the place. You must be on time. Late comers cannot be admitted. Strictly no cameras, food or drinks.
 
 Biographies

Aristoteles received his first Master’s degree in Preventive Conservation and Care of Collections, while his second Master’s is in Museum Management. His Bachelor’s is in Conservation and Restoration. He has been working for Qatar Museums since 2012, while prior to this he was the Head of Conservation at the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia. Aristoteles has offered lectures on Care of Collections, administrative and management aspects of it, in several universities, institutions and societies. He is the editor of the first book in Preventive Conservation in Greece and currently he is preparing his new monograph on Managing Visits behind the scenes of museums and similar cultural institutions.
 


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Field Trip and Ramble Hedgehog  
Date: 29th April  and 06th of May 2016
Trip Leaders: Dr Nobuyuki Yamaguchi

Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani, QNHG

Summary of Trip:   
 

How to registrar: Please register by e-mail or phone with the trip Coordinator. You should get a confirmation email for your place and details of the met up point as well as a list of suggested equipment . Please contact me again if you do not get an email reply or phone me.

Children are allowed but parents must be advised it will be hot and dusty in remote locations, and they are responsible for their children.

Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146.
 
Summary: 
The Ethiopian Hedgehog is a desert-adapted hedgehog indigenous to Qatar. There may be quite a few around. But as they are nocturnal, it is not easy to see them in the wild. Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University, and Qatar Natural History Group are organizing a “Hedgehog Evening watch” We hope that all participants would be able to see them, and some even handle them.

What to bring?
Garden cloves to handle hedgehogs, a torch, don't forget your cameras!. Please bring plentiful food and drinks as well as appropriate clothing.
 
Logistics: 
to be confirmed when you register by phone or e-mail  to trip coordinator.
 
 Biographies

Professor Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Associate Professor
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University

• BSc (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)
• MSc (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)
• DPhil (Oxford University, Oxford, UK) on basic ecology of feral American mink in the Upper Thames

Research interests
• Evolution and conservation of felids, especially, lion, tiger, and wildcat (e.g. Scottish wildcat)
• Evolution of reproductive strategies
• Behavioural ecology
 

 


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Field Trip and Ramble Birdwatching 
Date: 4th and 5th March 2016
Trip Leaders: Neil G Morris and Simon Tull,

Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani, QNHG
 
 


How to registrar: Please register by emailing me or you can register as usual at the talk. Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146.
 
Summary: 
 
Friday 04 March 2016: Birdwatching on the north coast
 
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. Some off-road driving will be required. Meet at Landmark Mall car park just off the Shamal Road (details to be provided on booking) at 0500, for departure no later than 0515. Returning to Doha mid-afternoon depending on individual/group wishes.
 
Saturday 05 March 2016: Birdwatching at Irkaya Farm

A visit to Qatar's premier biodiversity hotspot with its incongruous mix of cool green open fields and rocky desert terrain. Some off-road driving will be required. Meet at Jarir Bookstore car park on Salwa Road (details to be provided on booking) at 0515, for departure no later than 0530. Returning to Doha early afternoon depending on individual/group wishes.
 
Logistics: For each trip, we shall need to pool participants into as few cars as possible. I would suggest we limit each group to a maximum of 24 in the first instance. Children are allowed but parents must be advised it will be hot and dusty in remote locations, and to bring plentiful food and drinks.

 

 



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Field Trip and Ramble Sand Dunes
Date: 12th February 2016
Gathering Time and place: 9:15 Villaggio Car park,  in front of entrance with starbucks just inside
Duration: Approx - 4 hours depending on group

Trip Leaders:

  1.  Sara Abdul Majid, Research Specialist at Weill Cornell Medecine - Qatar.
  2. Dr. Aspasia Chatziefthimiou, Ecologist, Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar

 Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani, QNHG
 


How to registrar: Please register by emailing me or you can register as usual at the talk. Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146.
 
Summary: 
We will go to see the majestic Barcan dune ( present shapes dunes), south east of Doha.  W will walk by foot to explore a few dunes.  On our way, we will see a camel farm for racing camels
 
What to bring?
Water and snacks. Sunscreen, appropriate clothing, hats f .
 
Logistics: 4x4 required
 
 
 Biographies

  • Sara Abdul Majid is  an environmental scientist and dedicated conservationist.  Born and raised in Qatar, she has developed a passion for the unique desert environment of the country.  She has experience in ecological surveys, lab analysis and environmental impact assessments.  Sara has worked with environmental consulting firms in the region such as URS, COWI, Worley Parsons and WSP, mainly conducting terrestrial and/ or marine field surveys including the characterisation of baseline flora, fauna, soil/sediment and groundwater conditions.  She is currently leading a project on estimating the population of Scincus mitranus and studying the ecology of Barchan dunes in Qatar. Sara has also co-authored An Illustrated Checklist of the Flora of Qatar (2009).

 

  • 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. This work is supported by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and was showcased in the September 2014 issue of the QNRF Newsletter. 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.


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Field Trip and Ramble Purple Island  
Date: 23rd January 2016
Gathering Time and place: 10.00 at IKEA 
Duration: Approx - 4 hours depending on group

Trip Leaders:

  1.  Robert Carter, Prof. of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology, UCL Qatar.
  2. Dr. Aspasia Chatziefthimiou, Ecologist, Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar

 Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani, QNHG
 


How to registrar: Please register by emailing me or you can register as usual at the talk. Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146.
 
Summary: 
The fourth ramble of the 2015-1016 season and first of 2016 will be to Purple Island (Bin Ghanim Island) Best known as the location of a dye-manufacturing site dating to the late second millennium BC, it was excavated by a French team in the 1980s.  The expensive dye was made from a specific species of gastropod, possibly for redistribution to the elites of Bahrain, Mesopotamia and neighbouring regions. The archaeology of the island is highly typical of the coastal and islands region of the Gulf coast.
 
What to bring?
Footwear and clothing that allows for shallow wading and a towel. Lots of sunscreen, appropriate clothing, hats fluids and snacks.
 
Logistics: 
There will be small off road piece at the end which will need 4x4 car.  We will car pool at IKEA. After regrouping at the landside of the causeway, we will cross and summit a small hill over look over the Late Bronze Age purple-dye site. We will then to go down to the site, before crossing to the east to look at the mangrove and shoreline flora and fauna as well as the Dilmun site. Finally we will amble over to the west to see the Sasanian and Late Islamic site and fishtraps.
 
 
 Biographies

  • Robert Carter is Professor of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology at UCL Qatar, and obtained his PhD in archaeology at UCL, previously having studied history at Oxford. He has conducted research in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah, and published on topics ranging from Neolithic seafaring to the historic pearl fishery of the Gulf, and 20th century urbanism. His first visit to Qatar occurred in 2000, when he participated in Birmingham University’s excavations on Bin Ghanim Island (aka Purple Island, Al Khor Island). He is currently conducting a QNRF-funded interdisciplinary study of Doha and its people, from its foundation to the first impact of oil revenues.

 

  • 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. This work is supported by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and was showcased in the September 2014 issue of the QNRF Newsletter. 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.

 


 

Previous Trip  RESCHEDULED from 4th and 5th 

Field Trip and Ramble: Mangroves and Flamingo Island Kayaking 

Date : Friday 11th and Saturday 12th  December 2015

Meeting Point:  at 07.45 IKEA Car Park 
 

We are rescheduling the kayaking trip for this weekend. We have been told by Max of Aqua Sports the weather forecast looks really good. 
 

I will try and contact personally all those who had already reserved places which were cancelled but feel free to contact me in the interim. If you cannot go this weekend and need your money refunded, please let me know and we will arrange it. 
 

If you email me, please make sure I reply. I will always reply to emails and phone messages if I get them. So please re contact me if you do not hear from me. A few initial emails have gone missing and I only saw the follow up messages. I would rather be repeatedly called than miss someone out. 
 

If you would like to come and have not yet registered, please contact me. This is the only annual ramble for which there is a charge. The cost is 160 QR per person.  Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact phone number. 

Email: rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org or via the website.

 
Can I just reassure several non swimmers that everyone will have a life vest. 

 
Children must be age three and above. 

 
Please note you must be a member to participate in rambles. 

 
As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146             

 

Regards
Sally - Trip & Ramble Coordinator 
 

QNHG  fossil ramble Friday 6th November 2015

 
The second ramble of the season was lead by Dr Xiomara Marquez, Senior Geologist, Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre, Doha, Qatar and followed on from her talk on the previous Wednesday at Doha English Speaking School.

We travelled to Trainah, Southern Qatar and then to the Jaow al Hamar depression.

We saw limestone rocks and wonderful plants and marine fossils including sharks teeth, oysters and gastropods.

A lovely surprise end of the trip was being invited in to have tea by a local family. 

Thanks to QNHG member Alexey Sergeev for the pictures.

 


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Field Trip and Ramble: Hunt for fossils 

Date : Friday 6th November 2015

Description:  The November Ramble will be held on the 6th November 2015 and will be a hunt for fossils under the guidance of Dr Xiomara Marquez, Senior Geologist at Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre. It will be limited to 30 people and requires a 4x 4 car so we will car pooling at the meet up site.

It will follow an interesting talk on the 4th November 2015 at DESS by Dr Xiomara. The meet up details and the field trip guidelines will be shared nearer the time

Please sign up for the trip at the meeting on the 4th or by emailing the rambles co-coordinator via the web site. You can also call Sally on 66791146.


Please note - you must be a current member to join the Rambles. You can sign up at the meeting on the 4th if you have not already done so. 

Please leave your telephone contact numbers and please indicated  if you have room for others.

Please make sure if you do reserve a place and can no longer attend that you let us know so your place can be taken by others.


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Field Trip and Ramble: Trip to Camel Market 

Date : Saturday 10th October 2015

Description:  After Dr Lulu Skidmore's talk we have arranged a trip to the Camel market adjacent to the Wholesale Market in Doha off of Salwa rd. Ibrahim al Nasser, Camel owner & knowledgeable expert on Camels will lead the trip for us.

We will meet at the rear of the Camel market at 9am Saturday the 10th of October 2015.

Every Member is welcome.

 


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