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The Environmental Education Center

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ImageThe Bird Ringing and Monitoring Station has now been extended and is open three days each week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays), so as to better monitor migratory patterns and allow more visitors to get involved in the process.  During these three days each week, visitors can observe the trapping, ringing, and releasing process and can engage in hands-on experience with local bird species.  Through increasing exposure and providing more opportunities for community members to come into direct contact with critical local species, the EEC hopes to foster a greater appreciation amongst visitors for the diversity of Palestinian wildlife and the importance of nature conservation.

We have now opened an additional field of research for monitoring mammals, with the assistance of Dr. Mazan Qumsiyeh.  Dr. Qumsiyeh is a specialist in the field of mammal research, and has worked as a professor of biology at several of the top academic institutions in the U.S.A. and elsewhere.

ImageLatest News from the Ringing Station:

EEC was able to release an eagle owl that was locked in a cage in a local resident's house.  The owl was documented with a metal ring with a serial number and the name of Palestine, then it was measured; its length is 73 cm and the wings are 170 cm long.

Owls in this region are integral actors in maintaining the ecological balance. They eat mice and rats that are harmful to farms, and keep other rodent populations in check. Unfortunately, these owls are often killed or captured because of old traditions and superstitions that associate owls with bad luck.  By spreading awareness about these beautiful creatures, we hope to change some of these public attitudes and encourage communities to treat owls with respect and admiration.

Publications:
Birds of Palestine (pdf) by Simon Awad

Survey of Wild Herbs and Flowers
To be updated

Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites
To be updated

Tour of Bird-Watching Areas and Natural Landscapes in Palestine
To be updated