OVERVIEW

The MONGOLIAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY (MOS) was established in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 19 January of 1999. The MOS is the only national bird research and conservation organization with public-service status, the oldest and largest memberships (more than 250 official members) in Mongolia. Our vision is “Conserving wild birds for people”.

Mrs. Oyungerel Ts., Minister of Culture, Sports, Tourism of Mongolia visited us during the event Birdwatchers’ Day in 2012. VISION Support science-oriented initiatives and actions for birds 3S           Save birdlife and their habitats for the future Solve the conflicts between humans and birds AIMS Conduct scientific research on birds and their habitats in global scale Organize training on the conservation of birds and their habitats in national and international  level Train young ornithologists with high competitiveness on bird and their habitats Consult and share information on bird and their habitats for public Create the national bird and their habitat database Help to develop and promote the legislation of birds and their habitats’ conservation collaborating with governmental organizations Become the best-managed organization with high standard competitiveness on research, conservation, education, database, awareness and consulting of birds and their habitats OUR VALUES Creative Sapience High Responsibilities Scientific Freedom Tradition and Collective Actions New Products and Market Sensitivity Honest Competitiveness MAIN ACTIVITIES To conduct and propose international ornithological research projects in Mongolia together with Mongolian and international ornithological organizations. To make statements, publications, and appeals to the public about research and protection of rare and endangered bird species. To co-control the illegal hunting of rare and endangered species of birds and work with organizations those monitor and prevent such crime-activities in Mongolia. To organize and participate in the international and Mongolian ornithological scientific conferences, press conferences, training, and seminars in Mongolia and overseas. To award members who actively participate in laboratory and society’s activities. To organize the ornithological expeditions and field trips for bird watching and bird filming with Mongolian and international eco-tourism organizations/institutions. In collaboration with the Ornithological Laboratory of the National University of Mongolia, a total of more than 30 scientific theses by bachelor, masters, and Ph.D. students were supervised by members. The society also helps collect skin, feathers, and scientific data of birds for the Zoological Museum at the University. The feather collection is one of the best collections in the country. Highlights of the Mongolian Ornithological Society since 1999 1999 January Mongolian Ornithological Society established in Ulaanbaatar capital, Mongolia

 

  1. The first extensive long-term monitoring in Mongolia: “Saker falcon in Mongolia: Research and Conservation” (MNE, ERWDA in 1999-2007)
  2. The first international project on White-naped crane project and the first paper in the international peer-reviewed journal from Mongolia (BI, Stifferverband, and NUM)
  3. The first International Saker Falcon Conference (MNE, ERWDA, and NUM)
  4. The first Satellite tracking of White-naped project (JG&YIO)
  5. Acad. A. Bold and Acad. O. Shagdarsuren became Honour member
  6. The first largest scale of steppe raptor nest platform programme (GEF/UNDP)
  7. The first Important Bird Area Survey in E Mongolia (WCS and RSPB)
  8. The first satellite tracking of Black Stork (NR, CMNE & UCSZG) (until 2006)
  9. The first extensive Pacific Golden Plover survey and monograph published (WIWO, NUM & GU)
  10. “Saker falcon of Mongolia” monograph drafted and PhD work completed
  11. The first extensive field survey on raptor electrocution assessment of power line (LIF, EDM, OBC, ARC, KFAS, & NUM) (until 2012)
  12. The first extensive field survey on Upland Buzzard and the first paper on the species in IF journals (ARC, KFAS &NUM) (until 2008)
  13. The first International bird banding training (YIO &NUM)
  14. The first largest national and international bird red list workshop hosted (NEMO2, WB, MNET, ZSL &NUM).
  15. The 6th Asian Raptor Research Conservation Conference hosted (ARRCN, MNET &NUM)
  16. Red List for Mongolian Birds and Summary Action Plan published (NEMO2, WB, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, Mongolia)
  17. IUCN-Species Assessment International Workshop on Plants hosted (ARRCN, MNET &NUM)
  18. National Bird Ringing Centre established
  19. The first largest optic donation received by Audubon Society, USA
  20. The Mongolian Bird Taxonomy and Rarity Committee established (MAS, NUM, MFBP &HNP)
  21. Hosted Lars Svensson’s bird expedition (famous bird expert in the world)
  22. The first Harvard University professor team hosted
  23. The first International training on shorebirds hosted (EAAFP, MEK, WI &NUM)
  24. The first volume of the internationally recognized peer-reviewed ornithological Journal, Ornis Mongolica published
  25. The first celebration of World Migratory Bird Day up to date (EAAFP, MNE)
  26. The National Pride Bird (Falcon-Saker falcon) governmental announcement hosted (MSCT &NUM)
  27. The First National Bird Watchers Day and National Bird Festival initiated (MSCT &NUM)
  28. Beautiful birds of the World, post stamp initiated and launch ceremony hosted (NUM)
  29. The first Photography Exhibition, “Birds of Mongolia” in Mongolia and France (MEGD &NUM)
  30. Hosted Hadoram Shirihai’s field trip for “Photographic Handbook Birds of the World”
  31. The first multilateral ministries workshop on the Powerline and Electrocution of Raptors hosted (MEGD &NUM)
  32. The first extensive raptor migration project organized (ARRCN&NUM)
  33. The first field workshop on the Development of Birding and Wildlife Watching Tourism (MCST)
  34. The first National Guide Training and First Initiative for Science-based Birding Programme at Government level (MCST &NUM)
  35. The first extensive field works on the nomination of Dashinchilen Wetland as EAAFP network site (EAAFP, AWCF, WWF&NUM)
  36. Colorado University field work on Barn swallow taxonomy in Mongolia (CU &NUM)
  37. The first largest biodiversity photograph contest “Mongolica 2013” (MEGD)
  38. The award “For Mongolia” for the Society long-term achievement of bird conservation
  39. The extensive field surveys on Birds of Munkhkhairkhan Protected area (Munkhkhairkhan PA)
  40. National Ramsar wetland and site manager training and workshop hosted (Ramsar Regional Centre, EAAFP, Ramsar Secretariat, and MEGDT)
  41. “Top Standard” Award for the Society’s long-term achievements on education and research on birds 2015-2016. Database of all Networks sites of East Asian and Australasian Flyway in Mongolia was updated and received certificates
  42. The first extensive field trip on Phylogeny and Taxonomy of Calandrella, Alauda and Eremophila larks in Mongolia with Prof. Per Alstrom from Uppsala University
  43. The first extensive field baseline survey on biodiversity in the target protected areas in Mongolia (MET, KfW and CCAF)
  44. The first update of 5 Ramsar Sites SIS and Capacity Building training in Mongolia (Ramsar Wetland Fund)2016. “White Flag of Mongolia Symbol” Award for Society’s long-term achievement on bird research and conservation.Bird Research and Conservation of Mongolia SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND COLLABORATORS Academic Organizations
  45. Halle Wittenberg University, Germany (Raptors and avifauna in Mongolia since 2000)
  46. Groningen University, Netherlands (Pacific Golden Plover stopover in 2005)
  47. Ben Gurion University and International Birding and Research Centre, Eilat, Israel (Bird migration and birding since 2006)
  48. Oslo University and Natural History Museum, Norway (Bird taxonomy and barcoding since 2009)
  49. Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, India (since 2009)
  50. Seoul National University (Mongolia biodiversity monitoring in 2010-2014)
  51. Kansas University, USA (Pallas’s fish eagle survey since 2011)
  52. Rutger University, USA (Heavy metal on birds since 2011)
  53. Harvard University, USA (Palearctic bird survey since 2011)
  54. Colorado University, USA (Barn Swallow phylogeny in June 2014)
  55. Uppsala University (Phylogeny and Taxonomy of Calandrella, Alauda and Eremophila larks in Mongolia since June 2016)
  56. Middle East Falcon Research Group, UK (Saker falcon and steppe raptor long-term monitoring since 1998)
  57. National University of Mongolia (Education and CEPA activities, since 1999)
  58. Yamashina Institute for Ornithology (Bird migration in Mongolia since 2000)
  59. Asia Research Centre, Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies, South Korea and NUM (Steppe raptors monitoring in 2008-2009)
  60. National Park Service Institute, Korea (Bird migration between Korea and Mongolia, since 2016) International Institutions
  61. BirdLife International (Mongolian Bird Red List and Conservation Action Plan on Mongolian Birds in 2009-2011; Bird electrocution and mitigating measures in 2009)
  62. GEF/UNDP (Artificial nest platform programme in 2003-2005)
  63. Steppe Forward Programme (NUM and Zoological Society of London, the UK since 2003)
  64. WCS (Bird monitoring in Eastern Mongolian IBA in 2004)
  65. RSPB (Bird monitoring for Important Bird Area in 2004-2005 and Powerline survey in 2009)
  66. National Radio of Czech and Union of Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens (Black stork migration, in 2004)
  67. Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, UAE (Saker falcon research and conservation since 1998)
  68. Lynette International Foundation, UK and EDM International, Inc USA (Raptor electrocution and mitigating measures project in 2007-2008)
  69. Oriental Bird Club, UK (Raptor electrocution project in 2008-2009)
  70. Goviin khulan, France (Khulan survey since 2009)
  71. Woltwarts German Volunteer Programme, Germany (German volunteer programme in 2009-2010)
  72. World Bank and ZSL, UK (Mongolia biodiversity databank and Bird Red List since 2009)
  73. Zoological Society of London, UK (Bird red list and conservation activities since 2009)
  74. Raptor Research Foundation Conservation Committee, USA (2010-present)
  75. Japanese Bird Banding Association, Japan (Bird banding programme since 2010)
  76. Ela Foundation, India (Various bird related project including scientific journals since 2010)
  77. EAAFP and Hong Kong WWF Water Bird Conservation Fund (EAAFP Network site nomination and monitoring, capacity building training and other CEPA since 2013)
  78. Natural History Museum Vienna and the University of Vienna, Austria (Bird taxonomy and monitoring since 2014)
  79. Ramsar Convention (Ramsar Sites SIS Update and Capacity Building since July 2016)
  80. Ramsar Regional Centre-East Asia (Ramsar site monitoring since July 2016)
  81. Adaptation Fund and UNDP (Biodiversity and Society of Ulz, Uvs and Tes River Basin in March 2016)
  82. Bloomsbury Publishing and A&C Black Helm Guide (Birds of Mongolia since 2015)
  83. Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (Raptors of Mongolia; monitoring and migration since 2010)
  84. EDM International, Inc USA (Mitigating raptor electrocutions since 2007)
  85. Foundation Working Group International Waterbird & Wetland Research (Importance of North East Mongolia for Pacific Golden Plovers in 2005)
  86. Asian Bird Fair (national representative of the Asian Bird Fair since 2016)
  87. KfW and Climate Change and Adaptation Fund (Baseline surveys on biodiversity in target protected areas in Mongolia in 2016) National conservation and academic institutions
  88. Natural History Museum, Mongolia (long-term contract since 2012)
  89. Mongol Shuudan (Bird conservation activities including post stamp, since 2012)
  90. Bogd Khan Palace Museum (long-term contract since 2013)
  91. MNE and Nature Conservation Fund (very close activities and actions on bird research and conservation projects since 1998)
  92. Ministry of Sport, Culture and Tourism (Mongolia bird watching day and National Bird event since 2013)
  93. Zanabazar Museum (short-term contract since 2014)
  94. More than 15 tourist camps (short-term contract since 2000)
  95. National Parks (Khar-Us, Gorkhi- Terelj, Mongol Daguur, Numrug, Kyargas and others)
  96. Ministry of Environment and Tourism (Baseline surveys on biodiversity in target protected areas in Mongolia in 2016)
  97. Clean Energy Asia and Clean Energy (Salkhit and Tsetsii Wind Farms’ Biological Monitoring and Environmental Assessment since 2015)
  98. National Centre for Zoonotic Disease Centre (Disease transmission between wild animal and humans since 2016)
  99. State Agriculture, Pedagogical, and Science Technological Universities (Bird research and conservation actions since 1999)
  100. Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Various projects on birds in Mongolia since 2000) CAPACITY BUILDING The society has been encouraging and supporting more than 20 undergraduate and postgraduate students at the National University of Mongolia to complete their bachelor and master theses since 1999. More than 5,100 people were involved in the society’s activities focused on bird research, conservation, and public awareness in Mongolia.

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