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.
Birdwatching in the stony deserts of southern Israel
The desert of Israel with its vast landscapes initially seems very barren and empty, but if you learn to understand it and follow its rules, all of its diversity is revealed. Bird watchers especially get their money's worth.
They will encounter many unusual and mysterious animal species. They can observe that each bird species follows its own rituals. Noam Weiss gives us an insight into a very special habitat for birds.
International Bird observatory Conference in Eilat
This March, several special events took place in Eilat at the same time – the International Bird Observatories Conference along with the annual Spring Migration Festival, the Champions of the Flyway and the Arts and Nature community event. Through all these events, people were enabled to see birds and their habitats in a very direct and clear way.
A wonderful time with many positive outputs – for example, the Champions of the Flyway raised a record sum for one Birdlife partner, over 75,000$ for conservation of Vultures in Kenya. Never before so many birders came to watch the wonder of migration in Eilat and at the same time supported the efforts to keep it safe.
In the birding scene he is internationally well-known as he hosts one of the globally most popular events: The Champions of the Flyway event in Israel. Noam Weiss is director of the International Birding and Research Center, the Bird's Sanctuary in Eilat.
Nature has supported Noam in his life significantly, that is why he protects it with tremendous dedication. This article isn't just about Eilat as important spot for migratory birds between Europe, Asia and Africa. It also gives you some privat insights.
ZEISS and the "International Birding and Research Center" in Eilat
Eilat is famous for its International Birding and Research Center. As the only land bridge connection between Eurasia and Africa it's a hotspot for birdwatching in Israel. Birds can stop there safely before they continue their flight through the foodless Sahara desert.
Noam Weiss, the director of the IBRCE in Eilat, tells you about his passion for birding and how he finds peace through nature observation. One of the most important things is to be well equipped with professional optics. Noam relies on ZEISS binoculars.
ZEISS supports nature conservation and education in Israel
Established in 1953, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is Israel's leading environmental non-profit organization. For over 60 years SPNI has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Israel's natural resources, environment, natural assets and unique landscape.
In October, ZEISS and SPNI signed a partnership. Three of Israel’s most important Birdwatching Centres will now represent ZEISS products helping to support the local employees and volunteers in their research projects, but also visitors to experience nature from a different perspective.