1. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  2. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  3. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  4. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  5. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  6. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  7. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  8. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  9. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  10. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  11. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  12. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  13. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  14. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  15. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  16. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  17. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  18. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  19. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  20. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  21. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  22. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  23. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  24. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  25. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  26. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  27. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  28. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  29. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  30. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  31. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  32. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  33. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  34. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  35. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  36. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  37. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  38. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  39. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  40. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
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  42. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  43. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  44. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  45. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  46. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  47. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
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  49. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  50. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  51. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  52. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  53. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  54. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
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  56. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  57. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  58. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  59. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  60. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  61. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  62. SQU This Week
  63. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  64. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  65. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  66. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  67. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  68. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  69. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  70. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  71. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  72. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  73. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  74. SQU This Week
  75. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  76. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  77. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  78. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  79. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  80. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  81. Conference to Address Research Management
  82. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  83. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  84. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  85. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  86. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  87. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  88. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  89. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
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  91. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  92. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  93. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  94. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  95. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
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  97. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
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  100. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  101. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  102. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  103. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  104. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  105. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  106. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
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  108. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  109. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  110. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  111. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  112. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  113. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  114. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
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  116. ELT Conference Addresses Current Perspectives, Trends and Challenges
  117. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  118. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  119. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  120. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  121. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  122. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  123. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  124. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  125. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
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  127. Jordanian NDC Delegation visits SQU
  128. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  129. Research Workshops and Training Held
  130. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  131. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  132. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  133. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  134. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  135. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  136. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  137. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  138. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  139. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  140. CETL Official Opening Held
  141. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
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  143. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  144. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  145. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  146. Institutional Accreditation
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  148. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  149. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  150. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  151. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  152. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  153. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  154. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  155. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  156. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  157. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  158. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  159. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  160. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  161. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  162. Medical Research Centre to Focus on Themes Relevant to Oman

By: Dr. Andy Kwarteng

Bar tailed-godwits are known to breed on the Arctic coasts and tundra in Europe and Asia and spend the winters on the coast of tropical and temperate regions including Sultanate of Oman, Australia and New Zealand. From ringing and tracking data, the migration routes of almost all subspecies are well known with the notable exception of the population that winters around the shores of the Arabian Peninsula and Eastern Africa in the West Asia-East Africa shorebird flyway. A survey at the Barr Al Hikman area in January 2016 counted 60,000 bar-tailed godwits and that represents 58–65% of the flyaway population. In this study, 10 female bar-tailed godwits of the subspecies Limosa lapponica taymyrensis wintering at Barr Al Hikman were caught and fitted with 5 gram Solar Platform Transmitter Terminals (PTTs) in November 2015. The main objective was monitor their movements from Argos satellite tracking system to reveal their previously unknown local movements and migration routes, including stopovers and breeding areas. This task was part of The Research Council (TRC) sponsored project on ‘Remote Sensing and Geospatial Data Analysis of Barr Al Hikman Intertidal Ecosystem: Implications of Cascading Predator-prey Effects in a Pristine Seagrass-based Food Web’ by researchers from Sultan Qaboos University and NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.

The birds started the northward spring migration in 2016 between February 29 and April 27 and traveled for 7300-8300 km to breedings areas located south of Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, Russia. All the birds used previously unknown staging areas on the east coast of the Caspian Sea or Aral Sea in Kazakhstan during the northward and southward migrations. There was a strong positive relation between the arrival and departure dates in the Caspian Sea and Aral Sea, i.e. birds that arrived late departed late. This probably means that birds faced some constrains in this area, for instance they might need a certain amount of time for fattening up before they could make their final jump to the breeding areas. However, early arriving birds stayed for more days in the area than late arriving birds, indicating that late arriving birds could compensate to some extent for their late arrival. The surviving birds returned to the Barr Al Hikman area between July 28 and August 23. Presently, the PTTs on five birds which have done the migration three years in a row are transmitting data successfully. We lost the five other birds during their migration. The tacking mechanism failed due to the non-functioning or charging of the solar powered tags, or losing the birds due to natural deaths, or to anthropogenic activities. The five birds showed some consistency in their repeat northward and southward migrations routes and the use of the stopovers and staging areas in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2017, four individual departed northwards for the spring migration on the same dates as in 2016 but the fourth departed 12 days earlier. The birds were less consistent in their arrival dates at the Caspian Sea and Aral Sea, mainly because most of them migrated faster. The birds departed the staging areas slightly earlier in 2017 compared to the previous year, but did not start breeding earlier. This was mainly because the birds had shorter stopovers between the departure from the Caspian Sea and Aral Sea and arrival at the breeding grounds, supposedly because of a later spring in 2017.

In 2016, the migrations of bar-tailed godwits were recorded by three research groups to monitor the movements of the birds wintering in Mauritania, Oman and northwest Australia. For each study, 10 individuals were fitted with lightweight solar–powered satellite tags. The females tagged in Oman and Mauritania belong to the taymyrensis subspecies whereas those tagged in northwest Australia belong to the menzbieri subspecies. The birds tagged in Oman settled in the central part of Siberia, Russia, with some overlaps with the birds tagged in Mauritania. The group wintering in Australia settled in the northeastern part of Siberia, Russia, with no overlap with the other two groups.

In general, the bar-tailed godwits stay in Barr Al Hikman for about 200 days per year for roosting and foraging on the sabkha and intertidal mudflats. It is therefore safe to conclude that Barr Al Hikman is very important to these birds. The birds have relatively small home ranges in Barr Al Hikman area compared to the staging and breeding areas. We hypothesize that the relatively small home ranges in Barr Al Hikman may be due to better feeding conditions than in the stopover and breeding areas. For the first time, the migration routes, stopovers and breeding areas of the subpopulations of the subspecies Limosa lapponica taymyrensis wintering at Barr Al Hikman have been identified.


By: Dr. Andy Kwarteng is a researcher at the Remote Sensing and GIS Center, Sultan Qaboos University. He can be contacted by email to: kwarteng@squ.edu.om



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