SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Palestinian Ringing Stations Data and Methods
Simon Awad
Jerusalem, P .O. Box 67765, Palestine

Palestine is located on the junction of three continents and maintains several globally and regionally important ecosystems and habitats.
Talitha Kumi ringing station is located in the western hills of Bethlehem area to the south west of Jerusalem. It is located on one of the major bird migration routes for nocturnal and diurnal. (Radar data indicate that some nights more than 600 passerines pass the area).
Jericho ringing station is located in Jordan rift valley, which is world renowned for being the lowest place on earth (400m below sea level).
We use many methods to track birds in these two ringing stations, such as the acoustic system, the radar, the monitoring and the ringing.
Ringing stations’ data are given to the students as outdoor activities to increase the importance of ecological awareness, the environment and ways of conservation. Students can use the data and follow the movement of migrating birds to study biology, geography, physics and other subjects.
Ringing Stations could be used to develop an educational model capable of transferring the educational process from a traditional and non-interactive to a meaningful one, which is based upon active participation and individual approach. This model will not only change the classical way of education, but also will develop their way of thinking and increase their awareness towards the environment. They are living nationally and globally.
Birds are often the most visible forms of bio-diversity to many people, regardless of whether they live in the countryside or in the city. In this sense, I believe that birds are our good neighbors and should be part of our daily life. Therefore, bird protection, which comes out from education, knowledge, ethics, and culture, is much better and more effective than the enforced laws. This is an open invitation to this meeting to use the ringing stations as a modern tool for education and conservation programs.
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