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Once you have seen tens of thousands of storks, cranes or kites roosting in the fields, you will always want to come back to the northern valleys of Israel for a similar experience.
Israel is a "bottleneck" of the migration routes for most of the European and West Asian species. Located between the Mediterranean and the Arabic desert, it has become the highway of bird migration routes during the autumn and spring of the whole Palearctic. For hundreds of other bird species it is a paradise because of the abundance of food, fishponds and green fields. For that they stay during the warm winter months.
In the Birdwatching Centers the visitors receive up-to-date bird watching information, maps and a local checklist. They also provide guides, bird watching tours and information for visitors. Accommodations located near the bird watching sites are available for visitors’ convenience. The centers also serve as research and nature conservation stations.
You are welcome to visit the centers at Kfar-Ruppin, Maagan Michael, the Hula Valley, the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Kibbutz Lotan and Eilat.
The Birdwatching Center of the Jordan Valley at Kfar-Ruppin has comfortable rural accommodation within easy walking distance of the birding sites. They also organize guided tours for groups on various topics such as the environment, agriculture, history of the area and kibbutz life.