Week of events in Israeli desert celebrates nature

"24/Nature" event held in memory of Prof. Amotz Zehavi, reknowned zoologist.

A laughingthrush lands on a birdwatcher's binoculars. (photo credit: Courtesy)
A laughingthrush lands on a birdwatcher's binoculars.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
For those interested in spending more time in or learning about nature in Israel, an even next week in the country's south may be just what you need.
The "Views of Genesis" event "24/Nature" (in Hebrew the word for nature sounds like the word for seven) will take place from March 10-16 in the central Arava region, and will be comprised of treks through the desert as well as concerts and other ceremonies. Many of the events are free and open to the public.
"Views of Genesis" was founded in memory of Prof. Amotz Zehavi, a zoologist and evolutionary biologist who helped found the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. His research was published in journals throughout the world, and he specialized in the study of laughingthrushes, a family of songbirds.
Zehavi also headed the Hatseva Field School.

The events include a recital by soprano Kinneret Ely, Zehavi's granddaughter, on March 14, and two treks on March 16 starting at 9 a.m., one for families with children, the other for adults.
Participants must sign up for events beforehand: call the Hatseva Field School at 08-6581546/76, and look on www.arava.co.il for precise information and schedules (in Hebrew).
Professor Amotz Zehavi. (Courtesy)