Stork flocks swoop in on their way south

SPNI and the IAF are surveying the birds.

August 25, 2010 05:38
1 minute read.
Storks rest at Kibbutz Tirat Zvi

Storks. (photo credit: Liron Ziv/SPNI)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The great stork migration is upon us. Thirty-one thousand storks flew down the country to rest in the Negev and around the Dead Sea on Tuesday, before heading to their winter homes in eastern Africa.

Tuesday was the first day of the height of the migration, Jonathan Meyrav, survey director and project manager for the Israel Ornithological Society, told The Jerusalem Post. The society is part of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI).

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“This was the first big day of the height of the migration. For the next week to 10 days, we’re likely to see a lot of storks flying by,” he said. The migration will likely take six weeks since starting in early August. All told, 350,000 are expected to fly over the country from north to south in that time, he added.

On Tuesday, the birds flew from the Beit She’an Valley, over Kfar Adumim, to land in the Negev.

At SPNI’s suggestion, farmers in the Beit She’an area plowed their fields to uncover the rodents that plague them. The rodents made a tasty dinner for the storks.

As it has every year for nearly 30 years, SPNI and the Israel Air Force are surveying the birds.

The purpose of the study is two-fold, Meyrav said, for scientific purposes and to prevent collisions between jets and birds.

The project began on August 1. Surveyors stand in a line in the northern valleys to watch the storks fly overhead and estimate the size of the flocks, and in the Judean desert to watch the birds land. Seven thousand birds flew over in one flock on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, SPNI will send up a motorized glider to fly with the flocks. Throughout the migration, SPNI will be sending up planes to photograph and film the birds.

More than 500 million birds of different types are expected to pass through the nation’s skies this winter.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town