Latin American Diplomats Tour Hula Lake and the Carmel.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Calls of “Vamos!” were a clear indicator of how eager the Latin American diplomats were to get started once they arrived at the Hula Lake Park
and were allocated self-drive electric buggies to get around. This was more than just a summer outing for the 7 senior Latin American embassy officials stationed in Israel – the purpose of their visit was ‘to look, and learn”.
The group's first stop was at a lookout point on edge of Hula Lake, where they were able to see an abundance of cranes and other birds through supplied binoculars. Hula Valley Education Officer Inbar Rubin explained that over 500 million birds of almost 400 different species pass through the area twice each year as they migrate to a warmer climate. “Some stay a few days to rest, eat and gather strength, but others, such as our now resident flock of some 40 thousand cranes, arrive around October time and remain until March”, she said
Ambassador of Costa Rica, Estaban Penrod, said that he was thrilled to be on the trip.
“This is my first visit to Hula Lake Park, even though I am now on my second official posting in this country. Such tours are most important, because they give foreign diplomats an opportunity to explore, and get a better understanding of Israel”.
The passage to the Hula Bird Research Station was an adventure itself, because the facility is on an island in the lake, accessible only by a hand pulled barge. Participants happily took turns at lugging the rope which hauled them across the water. At the bird research station, KKL-JNF bird ringer Shai Agmon demonstrated his ringing expertise on a number of small birds that had been caught in the area that very morning.
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