Palestinian Jordanian Collaboration
Middle East, located at the juncture of three continents,
Europe, Asia and Africa, makes it a region second to none
in the world for tracking, research and study of the phenomenon
of bird migration. The Middle East is a “bottle neck”
for the migration from Europe and to Africa and back. More
than 500 million birds pass over the Middle East twice a
year in the autumn and spring migration.
Middle East is famous throughout the world for continuous
warfare since the dawning of history. It has been decided
to utilize the bird migration as a perfect vehicle for cooperation
between nations in the region, and to emphasize joint educational
endeavors for students in Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli
schools under the heading "Migrating Birds Know No
Americans Government through USAID-MERC has funded this
innovative project which combines education, research and
environmental protection using the migrating birds as a
bridge between the peoples of the area. The project is lead
by 3 organizations: The International Center for the Study
of Bird Migration at Latrun, established by the Society
for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) together with
Tel Aviv University; the Palestinian Wildlife Society (PWLS)
in the Palestinian Authority; and the Royal Society for
the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) in Jordan.
educational program combines class work, using the internet
site, and field tours. The program enables the students
to study about the phenomenon of migration, both from the
academic aspect, based on the updated information on the
internet site and from the experiential aspect based on
field tours to bird nests which emphasize environmental
protection. The fieldwork allows the students, who communicate
via the internet, to meet face to face with their compatriots
during the joint field work.
study program is multi-disciplinary combining biology, geography,
meteorology, internet use and research tools. The children
from the Middle East will communicate via the internet with
children living along the migration route, children from
the countries of the breeding grounds in Europe and Asia
and children from the countries where the birds winter in
Africa. In addition, a joint program will be developed for
children in the Middle East and children in North America.
the aid of satellite linked transmitters attached to a bird,
we are able to track migrating birds (storks, pelicans,
eagles), wintering birds (cranes) and resident birds (vultures).
These transmitters provide real- time information, which
is received from the Argos Satellite, every 90 minutes,
about the position of the bird at every point on the globe.
cameras in real time
the aid of a miniature video camera, which was affixed to
a nest of Lesser Kestrels in Jerusalem, it is possible to
follow in real-time, using the internet site, the life of
the pair during their breeding cycle 24 hours a day. In
the future, cameras will be place in the wintering sites
of the cranes, in the roosting sites of the migrating storks
and pelicans and at the feeding stations and nesting sites
of the Griffon vultures.
of migrating birds
Jerusalem Bird Observatory which is located in the Rose
Garden of Israel’s Parliament is apparently the first
ringing station in the world placed on property of a Parliament
building. The ringing station serves as a base for joint
educational activities for Palestinian and Israeli schoolchildren.
In the Spring of 2000, the first Palestinian ringing station
was established in Talita Kumi, Beit Jalla, Palestinian
Authority, in the future an additional ringing station will
be established in the Azrak Nature Reserve in Jordan.
of night migration
of the night migration of birds in our region has been carried
out for the first time through tracking systems, which record
the calls of birds migrating at night combined with radar.
Recording stations, which are equipped with highly sensitive
microphones have been placed in Beit Jalla, Latrun and will
shortly be situated in Amman. This research is being done
in cooperation with the acoustic laboratory at Cornell University
in the United States.
International Center for the Study of Bird Migration
Israel's unique location at the junction of three continents,
Europe, Asia and Africa, makes it a site for an extraordinary
phenomena: some 500 million migrating birds cross its skies
twice a year.
You can obtain real time information through birds fitted
with satellite transmitters, Pictures from Latrun Radar,
On-Line Camera in nests, The annual Autumn soaring bird
migration survey, Ringing Stations and more.
Wildlife Society (PWLS)
Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS) was founded in 1999
in Beit Sahour- Bethlehem District by 13 trained and experienced
environmentalists from across Palestine. PWLS's scope of
work covers the West Bank and Gaza with a multidimensional
mission aiming at the conservation and enhancement of the
biodiversity and wildlife in Palestine; Moreover, Palestine
is known for its location between the three main continents,
Africa, Asia and Europe, where there had been estimated
around 520 species of Birds and 2700 species of Plants occurring
in this area, hence it considered as a major and important
grassroots for Migratory birds like Storks, Pelicans and
raptors (Such as Lesser Kestrel, Honey Buzzard, Lesser Spotted
Eagle, and Egyptian Vulture) that use the Jordan Valley-
Jericho; Jerusalem Mountains routes. It also corresponds
with the criteria of Important Birds Areas (IBA's) in Palestine
in which Jericho has a great importance as one of the major
pathways during migration times as well as an important
spot for resident and breeding birds.
Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)
seeks to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitats and integrate
conservation with economic development, while promoting
wider public support for the protection of the natural environment.
The RSCN is an independent voluntary organization devoted
to the conservation of natural resources in Jordan under
the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor.
RSCN was created in 1966 with His Majesty the late King
Hussein as Honorary President. The society has been given
responsibility by the Government of Jordan for protecting
the country’s wildlife and wild places. It is one
of the few voluntary organizations in the Middle East which
has been given such a public service mandate.
result of its pioneering conservation work, the RSCN has
achieved international recognition and acclaim.