SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Jordan`s Bird Ringing Scheme
Khaldoun Alomari
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, P.O. Box 1215 Amman 1941, Jordan

Jordan is located on one of the main migration routes between Eurasia and Africa. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), being a leading NGO in the region, through its wide knowledge of the importance of Jordan for migrating birds and the country’s special habitats has taken part in the “Birds Know No Boundaries” Project. This project aims to study bird migration using high-tech methods and to establish a comprehensive education program concerning birds and their migration. As a part of the project, bird ringing is one of the main research methods used to study bird migration.  Azraq Wetland Reserve was chosen to be the first site where a bird ringing station was established. The research in this station would help in understanding the site and conserving it in a better way. A team of three national bird ringers was formed. This team was trained on site and also outside Jordan. Four migration seasons were covered in the past two years in the site. Being the first comprehensive bird ringing effort in Azraq, a lot of data was collected and many special species were recorded. RSCN has taken the initiative to set a bird ringing law in order to put this sensitive activity under control on the national level. In order to be part of the international bird ringing community, RSCN became a member at the SEEN. More potential sites for bird ringing were visited and a report was prepared in order to prioritise these sites and carry out future activities in them. For the promotion of the national bird ringing scheme, a special web page was designed as part of the project’s website. RSCN is seeking to have bird ringing as a tool for better conservation in the country.

Study Site – Azraq Wetland Reserve
Azraq is a Ramsar site desert oasis that is located in the Eastern Desert about 100km east of the capital Amman. It is an IBA that has several habitats including reedbeds, marshlands, open water and a mudflat and it is considered as one of the main stopovers for migrants in Jordan.
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