08 Apr '12, 12pm

Israel Hopes To Attract Flocks Of Bird Watching Tourists By Building New Ornithological Centers

Israel Hopes To Attract Flocks Of Bird Watching Tourists By Building New Ornithological Centers

toyournas flickr page /via Hula Valley Nature Reserve's Cranes The Israeli government last week approved an investment of $10 million (NIS 37 million) to construct new birdwatching centers in the Negev and Galilee. Four new centers will be built in Sde Boker, Ein Gedi, Lotan and Hatzeva. Also three existing centers will be upgraded. The proposal was formulated by Tel Aviv University and the Society for the Protection of Nature’s in Israel (SPNI). SPNI and Tel Aviv University will create a computerized bird monitoring database, accessible through the web. The grand plan is to create a network of centers along the famous migration route. Israel is hoping these new centers will attract 100,000 bird watchers to the region each year. Israel, with its location at the nexus of three continents, is a bird lovers paradise. The country attracts approximately 500 species of birds. Th...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/israel-hopes-a...

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