Birding Centers

Hula Valley Bird Watching Center
Manager: Nadav Yisraeli
Contact: nadavyisra@gmail.com 

Nestled in the heart of the Hula Valley, between the Golan Heights and the Naftali Ridge, lays the Hula Valley Bird Watching Center. The center operates a unique bird ringing station on one of the islands right in the middle of the re-flooded area of the Valley. The center specializes in ringing demonstrations, birding tours for all levels and ages, works with local schools and communities, and holds the International Hula Valley Bird Festival once per year.

Ramat HaNegev Birding Center
Manager: Meidad Goren 
Contact: meidadgoren@gmail.com

Located in Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, the Ramat HaNegev Birding center specializes in desert birds and wildlife. The center operates several monitoring protects for key desert species and offers year round birding tours. The proceeds of the birding tours directly benefit bird conservation. “Like” their Facebook page!


Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO)
Manager:  Alen Kacal
Contact: jbo@inter.net.il

The JBO houses the Israel national bird-ringing center. Together with the active ringing station, it serves as an ideal tool for conservation studies and research that monitor bird populations. Birds Migration patterns in Israel are studied throughout the various seasons. Data is collected and analyzed in a comprehensive database.
The JBO is located in the center of Jerusalem near the Knesset. Visitors can stop by for an eco-experience. Bird watching and presentation about bird migration in Israel is available for tourists visiting as groups or individuals. 
The JBO provides Israeli students, particularly children living in Jerusalem and other urban areas, with a unique opportunity to experience the environment first-hand. Student activities include "close encounters" with ringed birds, birdwatching tours, a birdwatching club, lectures about birdlife, nature conservation, and presentations of current research being conducted at the JBO.

The International Birdwatching and Research Center-Eilat (IBRCE)
Manager: Itai Shanni
Contact: iocitai@inter.net.il

The IBRCE is situated in the most important stop over site for birds in the west paleo arctic.
Sits on the Eilat Saltmarsh, which is a crucial place with all of the development going on in Eilat. The park aims to restore the natural habitat, including native plants and vegetation in order to give migrating birds both shelter and peace and quiet and resources for refueling on their biannual journey. The Eilat Bird Watching center operates an educational program, produces scientific research and studies, hosts birdwatching tours in what is known as the Mecca of birdwatching, and hosts the annual Eilat Bird Festival.  

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