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The Environmental Education Center

Talitha Kumi Ringing (Banding) & Monitoring Station PDF Print E-mail

ImageBirds are often the most visible form of biodiversity to many people, regardless of whether they live in the countryside or in the city. Although we may not always notice them, they are an important part of our daily lives. For this reason, we believe that teaching students and the public about birds through live demonstrations and hands-on experience is a much more effective way to bing about greater awareness and protect these delicate creatures. This is an open invitation for our educational system to use our ringing station as an interactive tool for education and conservation programs.

In the spring of 2000, the first Palestinian ringing station began operating here at Talitha Kumi. Local ornithologists conducted research by means of radar and monitoring of the local bird populations to ensure that the site would be a successful ringing station, and discovered that over 90 species of birds have been documented passing over this region.
 
ImageBird ringing or “banding” has been used to study bird migration since the beginning of the last century. The process begins with fitting an aluminum ring on a bird’s leg, marked with the location and number. The ornithologist makes a detailed measurement of the bird keeping in mind the golden role “the bird's safety comes first.” On the ring you will find the country’s name and a specific serial number that correlates with the bird’s file, which includes all of its measurements and related information. Bird ringing data is useful for both research and management projects. The individual identification of birds makes it easy to conduct studies on dispersal and migration, behavior and social structure, life span and survival rate, reproductive success and the population growth-rate of birds.

Ringing stations are a great way to develop an educational model that shifts the educational process from a traditional, non-interactive method into a meaningful experience that is based upon active participation and individual approach. This model not only changes the classical mode of education but also serves to develop individual critical thinking skills, while increasing awareness of national and global environmental issues.

The Talitha Kumi Ringing Station (TKRS) is located in the western hills of the Bethlehem area and south-west of Jerusalem, between 31° 41'N and 35° 09'E, its altitude is between 700-913m above sea level.