Bulletin 7 - April 1979: Chairman's Report for 1978
Chairman's Report for 1978
When a year ago we reviewed the activities of the Emirates Natural History Group's first year, some of us were a little concerned that we would not be able to keep up the momentum. Looking back on our second year we can, I think, put forward a modest claim that we did manage to keep going at much the same pace. Membership continued at well over 200 and our program covered as wide a range of topics as before.
The ENHG held 19 meetings during the year, in the course of which we heard nineteen talks and watched two programs of films. Of the talks, seven were devoted solely to Abu Dhabi's Natural History, History or Archaeology. M. Serge Cleuziou, Director of the French Archaeological Team in Al Ain came to give us another review of his expedition's work during the 1977-78 winter season at Hili. We also heard talks on oil in Abu Dhabi, unwelcome creatures of Abu Dhabi (rodents, bugs, cockroaches, etc), fishes of the Gulf, flint and local pre-history, and the flora of the region. Abdulla Qaddas of the Arid Zone Agricultural Project gave a lecture on his work on Sadiyat Island.
Five more programs were of direct relevance to the region. These were on locusts, the fish and coral of the Red Sea, desert life, natural history photography, and three films about the UAE. The remaining eight meetings dealt with more general subjects but three of these contained a strong element of natural history. A full of list of the programs arranged is printed below.
Several field trips were arranged mostly on an ad hoc basis in the immediate vicinity of Abu Dhabi Island. These were mainly devoted to bird watching and archaeology, but some useful records of desert flora were also made.
As in our first year three Bulletins were published, numbers four, five and six. Material for number seven is well in hand. The committee did their best to keep up the general standard of articles, and we hope the results will begin to lay the foundations of a permanent record of the natural history of the UAE.
The ENHG's recorders also reported on their various activities. Their work can be summarized as follows:
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