Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Resting At The Hula Nature Reserve In Galilee, Israel

Places Of Refuge

Crane Sanctuary
Photo Credit: Eliezer (Leonard) Be’eri

The Hula Valley, an agricultural area in the Upper Galilee region of northern Israel, contains the Hula Nature Reserve, Israel’s first; it dates to 1964. The lake has an area of one square kilometre, and this area, known as Hula Lake Park, is where such birds as cranes, storks, pelicans, cormorants and egrets rest on their semi-annual migratory journeys in the Fall and Spring. Shira Pasternak Be’eri writes about her experience at the nature reserve for The Times of Israel: “Twice a year, some 500 million birds migrate over the Hula as they travel from Africa to Europe and back — close to 400 different species of song birds, water fowl, and birds of prey. Seeking time together and an escape from the tension of current life in Israel, we set out for this avian wonderland one day in late November, temporarily replacing the clitter-clatter of keyboards and ringing of cell phones with tweets, and warbles, and squawks.”

Photo Credit: Eliezer (Leonard) Be’eri

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