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Once Rare Long-Eared Owls Now Increase in Numbers in JNF Planted Forests

JNF staff find the Long-Eared Owl is staging a welcomed comeback in their man-made forests in northern Israel.



A group of long-eared owls has established itself in part of the forest in recent months, say Jewish National Fund wardens in the Mishmar Ha’emek Forest area.

Long-eared owl

Long-eared owl (archive)

The owls are among several species of birds that have adapted themselves to the reality of expanding, man-made forests and are making their homes in the northern Israel forest for part of the year.

“Owls are known to congregate before nesting season, but we hadn’t seen it in these woods until now,” said Dr.

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Israel Plans New Birdwatching Network

Israel, crossroads of the world’s major religions, is also the migration route half a billion birds. Now Jerusalem has plans for them


Israel’s government on Sunday approved the planning and construction of a national network of birdwatching centers.

The NIS 37 million project is aimed at promoting tourism, education, environmental awareness and research, and will be developed in the Negev and Galilee.

Four new centers are to be built, located in Sde Boker, Ein Gedi, Lotan and HaTzeva. In addition, three existing centers in Kfar Rupin, Ma’agan Michael and Eilat will be upgraded as well.

The Jewish State’s location at the apex of three continents constitutes a main migration route for 500 million birds that fly each autumn from Europe and western Asia to Africa – and then back again each spring. Continue Reading »