Eleventh Israeli Bird Census!
From 14th January till 6 February this year, Ramat Hanadiv will join the nationwide bird survey which, after a decade of birdwatching, has become an Israeli tradition. Everyone is welcome to take part -- no previous experience necessary!
The Israeli Center for Yardbirds launched its first survey of backyard birds in Israel in 2006, with the participation of the public. Since 2014, the Israeli Birdwatching Center (under the auspices of SPNI, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel), has been a partner in the event. Its goal is to monitor short- and long-term changes in the bird population in the vicinity of residential neighbourhoods, both to protect these feathered creatures and to foster more awareness and appreciation of them among the public.
and kindergartens to high schools and colleges. Though the survey focuses on the most common back-yard birds, observers report the presence of other birds as well.
The data collected in the survey is published on the websites of the Israeli Centre for Yardbirds and the Israeli Birdwatching Centre, and is available to all, free of charge.
Wherever you live in Israel, whatever your age or background, whether your home is on a farm on in the city -- you are cordially invited to come out once, twice or more, for (at least) a half hour of birdwatching in your garden or town square. But be careful, you might find it addictive...
Photo: Eitan Kaufman