May 2024

BESE Seminar

Students for Sustainability Seminar:From Deserts to Flyways: Saudi Arabia's Stewardship of Migratory Birds Conservation

Professor Mohammad Shobrak
14 May, 2024
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Despite been known as desert land, the avian diversity recorded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is remarkable, with more than 500 species and 63 species reported as vagrant. The location of the kingdom between three continents, the habitat diversity from desert to high mountain and long coastal wetlands and offshore islands at the hard of African-Eurasian flyway probably explain the diversity of avian species. 
In this presentation will celebrate World Migratory Birds through overview the value of birds in the ecosystem, and indicator on a changing environment. Understanding the bird’s migration and flyway are important for global conservation of migratory avian species. In addition, the adaptation of breeding species in the kingdom to the harsh conditions of desert environment, which characterized by intense solar radiation, temperature extremes, low primary productivity, and scarcity of drinking water which presented through the lappet-faced vulture as an example. 
The threats affecting the bird’s species on the Kingdom will be presented with update on the conservation efforts to mitigate these treats and the global support done by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which results on obtain the champion certificate from the Convention of the Migratory species.

Prof. Mohammad Shobrak is a wildlife conservationist with more than 39 years of experience in birds, biodiversity studies, and wildlife conservation. He is a dedicated former Professor of Animal Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at the Department of Biology, Taif University, and a consultant and technical advisor for the National Centre for Wildlife, Saudi Arabia. 
Prof. Shobrak’s work on wildlife, animal ecology, ecosystems, genetic investigation, and in-situ and ex-situ conservation of the Saudi fauna is recognized nationally and internationally and has facilitated national conservation priorities for species and ecosystems. Some of the projects that he has fostered in the Kingdom include the Vultures Research Program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Satellite tracking, Behavior study, Population monitoring, and Threat assessment); conservation and reintroduction (Asiatic Houbara and Angulate of the Arabian Peninsula); breeding Seabirds of the Red Sea islands (status & conservation of seabirds in PERSGA countries); and the publication of regional and international guidelines and best practices (birds & powerlines in Arabic, National Action Plan for Vultures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
Prof. Shobrak boasts a comprehensive academic background, including a Bachelor's degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA (1987) and a Ph.D in Ecology of birds from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (1996).

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14 May, 2024
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Auditorium between building 2&3