Middle East Field Biology


    THE presence of numerous amateur and professional zoologists among the British Forces in the Middle East countries during the War has resulted in a considerable amount of field biology being carried out in those countries, much of which is now being published. The anti-locust work of British units and frontier defence forces also aided. The Zoological Society of Egypt has issued numerous special bulletins to accommodate these original observations, mainly upon ornithology. Bull. 7 issued in 1945 contains Shamseddin Halfawi's "Notes on Birds from Western Saudi-Arabia". Bull. 6 contains bird notes from Lower Egypt (autumn, 1943), and from Amriya, Egypt (July–October 1942), and a list of migrants seen in Egypt, the western desert and Tripolitania, while special supplements to this bulletin were devoted to papers on Palestine and Syria, and to the migration of the white stork. Bull. 2 contains valuable notes on the birds of Suez, and Bull. 5 has notes on bird migration across the western desert and Libya. Especially interesting are the bird notes from the Daedalus lighthouse in the Red Sea, augmented by the British keeper at the lighthouse, as they supplement some of the earlier work of Meinertzhagen in the First World War.

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    Middle East Field Biology. Nature 156, 532 (1945). https://doi.org/10.1038/156532b0

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