Field Trips and Rambles 2017 - 2018 Season

November Field Trip: “125,000 years of Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea) through the looking glass of geology and ecology”
Date & Time: Friday November 3rd, 2017 at 8:a.m.
Duration: Approximately 7 hours 

Summary:  The trip will include several stops: 1) A dune overlook of the inland sea to orient the trip discuss the large-scale natural processes that form this stark landscape.  2) A stop at the Inland Sea shoreline to discover the secrets of microbial marine mats.  3) A lunch stop near the Inland Sea Delta. Wading is encouraged. 4) A visit to sand mounds that host a 6000 year old mollusk deposit. 5) A stop at a 125,000 year old outcrop of Pleistocene rock to get sense for the environments here at that time. 6) A stop and short walk to a “salt flat” where gypsum and halite crystals can be found at surface. This stop is optional, and also dependent on recent weather (if it rains prior to our arrival- the salt will not be there). 

Gathering time and place:  Sealine- just past last round about
Meeting Place: See the map following this information.

click on the GPS link for location


Trip Leaders:

Dr. John Rivers, Geologist
Ms. Ruqaiya Yousif, Environmental Specialist
Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou, Ecologist
Trip Coordinator:
Mr. Richard Angwin / / 5525 0854
Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou / / 5516 5426
How to Register:  
Come to the QNHG meeting on the 1st of November and sign up at the Rambles table beginning at 6:30pm. Any spots not filled at the meeting will be opened up to our membership via an email blast.  
Trip Leaders short Bio:  
Dr John Rivers is a geologist working for ExxonMobil Research Qatar with nine years’ of research experience in petroleum-related geologic systems.  His current research focuses on characterization of limestone sediments and rocks forming in modern Qatar coastal environments, and occurring in the local subsurface rock record.  
Ms. Ruqaiya Yousif works as an environmental Specialist for Qatar Center of Coastal Research (QCCR) and environmental team in ExxonMobil Research Qatar. Her work involves remote sensing and mapping, hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling, and core description and geochemistry (paleo-environment). 
Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou is an ecologist and her work centers in extreme environments. Currently she is a Visiting Research Scientist at Weill Cornell Medicine and Exxon Mobil Research. She is very active in the field of sustainability and urban ecology as a Scientific Advisor at QGBC and a Principal Investigator for MetaSUB. Dr. Chatziefthimiou is a passionate educator and through the ecological consultancy Richer Environments, she organizes a myriad of outreach activities and eco-tours to expose the general public to the beauty of nature.
Additional information 
4WD with appropriate tire pressure for dune crossing mandatory.  Maximum 25 vehicles. Plentiful supplies of drink and food, sunglasses and sun hats. Don't forget your camera

Field Trip and Ramble: Msheireb Museums Tour
Date & Time: Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.
Duration: Approximately 1.5 to 3 hours 

Summary:  We will have a short introduction to the complex and then our guide will accompany us through the museums.
GOOD NEWS! We have a QNHG Qatari member who is a volunteer guide for Msherieb who has offered to guide us for this ramble. They do not do tours on weekends due to limited staff working. There is a lot of information available throughout the tour and you can spend as little or as much time as you have available to see this fascinating look into Qatar’s varied history.

Gathering time and place:   The Visitors Center at the Msheireb Museums Complex. There are some spaces to park within the museum complex or there are paid spots near the large mosque across Al Rayyan Road or you can park across the street in the paid underground parking at Souq Waqif.
Meeting Place: See the map following this information.
click on the GPS link for location


Trip Leader/Coordinator: Sheri Kenly M: 6656 0604 
How to register: Sign ups for the remaining spots will be done via email. Please send one to with your name and number of spots required. Annual membership is required, but you can pay the annual fee of QR 75 for an individual or QR 150 for families at the start of the event.

October Ramble#1 

Field Trip and Ramble: Birdwatching along Qatar’s north coast
Date & Time: Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 6:15 a.m.

Summary: This Autumn bird migration is underway. Some migrants will be attracted to the garden at Al Shamal, whilst others will be found along the coastal strip. We will take a leisurely drive and stroll around the park, harbour and coastal area, similar to those trips in previous years with myself, and before that, Neil Morris.
There are filling stations en route. The park has toilets. We can stop for snacks at a local supermarket (if open), after visiting the park. We will aim to finish at a pleasant covered location for a late lunch stop.

Gathering time and place: Gather at the meeting place at 6:15am with a view to leaving at 6:30am sharp.
Meeting Place: In front of Carrefour supermarket at Landmark Mall. Co-ordinates: Lat: 25.333961 Long: 51.468046

For those who would prefer to do so, or for those who are too late to get to Carrefour, the second rendezvous location is Al Shamal park at 7:30am. Co-ordinates: 26.1233917 Long: 51.210342

Duration: Approximately from 6:30am to 1:00pm.
Trip Leader/Coordinator: Richard Angwin Mobile: 55250854 
What to Bring: Water, snacks, sunscreen, camera and binoculars. You will need a long lens or a good zoom on any camera. Club and personal binoculars will be available but if you have any, please bring your own
How to register: Come to the QNHG meeting on October 4 and sign up at the Rambles table beginning at 6:30pm. Any spots not filled at the meeting will be opened up to our membership via an email blast. 
There is no limit on the number of vehicles. We will try and find rides for as many members as possible whether you have a vehicle or not. For more information, send an email to Richard Angwin at