(photo credit: Haggai Aaron)
Israel’s national bird – the hoopoe – will now have a generous fund named after
it that will promote bird research and education.
Moshe Yanai will inaugurate the Hoopoe Fund next Tuesday at the annual day-long
birdwatching conference of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
(SPNI) and Tel Aviv University.
The conference will be held at the
university and be open to the public.
Yanai has decided to contribute NIS
1 million a year over the next 10 years for research, habitat preservation, bird
rescue, bird tracking via satellite, and education.
in Israel with an emphasis on technology is my top priority,” Yanai wrote in
explaining the initiative. “The purpose of the fund is to promote education and
technology, where the birds represent a unique and unusual platform.”
fund will be jointly administered by Yanai, SPNI and TAU.
Leshem of SPNI and TAU said the fund would further research, preservation and
education in Israel.
“As a bird superpower, we are committed to their
I call on more businesspeople to join the fund and
strengthen our ability to act for the birds of Israel.”
About 500 million
birds pass over Israel every migration season. There are also more than 500
species of birds that live in Israel year-round, which is quite high for such a