Bird migration is everywhere, making it a universally accessible, constantly changing wonder of nature – and if you’re lucky enough to live on a coastal flyway at the edge of a continental landmass (well, it was more about planning and sacrifice than luck), then the possibilities for a migration junkie like myself are almost endless.
Better still, when you position yourself at the axis of various topographical, geographical and coastal features, there are different ‘subgenres’ of bird migration that open up to you – meaning that during the right season, there are different choices, depending on prevailing wind and weather conditions.
Bird migration is an endlessly fascinating phenomenon that taps into a variety of our basic impulses and desires. There's the sensual, animalistic connection it nurtures and strengthens with the cyclical changing of seasons, and the subtle sub-seasons within them;
the odd but very human urge to install order and a sense of control over the relative chaos, by meticulously counting and recording each and every bird - getting our 'ducks in a row' (often literally).
Bird watchers come to Israel from around the world once a year. From March 22nd to March 31st the big Birding Festival is celebrated in Eliat. It’s the time when the birds fly north again. The steppe eagles are a very special spectacle for the birders.
Their big swarms are very impressive every year. But how do the birds find their way to Eliat? In this article you will learn more about the eagle’s sense of direction and the great festival of bird watchers.
About the rescue of the snow leopard and the black rhino
For years, ZEISS follows its mission to serve international animal and environmental protection. To save the snow leopard, the most endangered big cat in the world, ZEISS donated spotting scopes and telescopes to Conservation Officer Mr. Norbu and his team at Kaalifa Camp to observe these animals.
In addition, the annual "Rhino Conservation Award", which deals with the protection of the South African black rhinoceros and pays tribute to the corresponding efforts of individuals and organizations, has been sponsored by ZEISS since 2015. Their activities already show great success, for example, a decline in rhino poaching of 25 percent recorded in 2018.
The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita), one of the world’s rarest, most distinctive and gregarious avian species, was extinct in central Europe for over 400 years. Intensive measures on the part of BirdLife International and other conservationists are now showing the first signs of success in the colonies of birds living in the wild in Morocco.
ZEISS is supporting the BirdLife activities together with the foundation of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Learn more about the impressive history of the Northern Bald Ibis and the conservation projects that aim to resettle this species even in Europe.
For conservation of endangered bird species, scientific research can often make a valuable contribution. Especially on agricultural land, the conditions for preserving biodiversity are difficult.
Equipped with ZEISS products, a team from the University of Tübingen is investigating the needs of the Corn Bunting during the breeding season. Together with farmers and nature conservation authorities, suitable protection strategies are being developed.