This is not the first time I am visiting Ein Afek Nature Reserve. But this time it was different since we attended the Bird Ringing event.
But let’s start at the beginning. We arrived early and had time before the bird ringing session thus decided to take a stroll.
Map of the area:
Stroll at Ein Afek
And it was time for the bird ringing event. In the beginning, our guide explained about migration process (this was aimed both for adults and children). As you can see on the map, northern birds migrate to Africa either through Israel or Spain.
Why do they migrate? Food. Finding food in cold winter and under snow is hard. Then why they return? Because by Spring there is plenty of food in the north and there is no rivalry.
Do you want to guess how many birds fly through Israel every year? Around 500 million birds and the numbers are growing each year.
There is a particular system to which people from over the world enter the ring number and other parameters, like bird weight and wingspan.
This way they can track bird movement and learn their behavior. For example, they can now determine how long each bird type lives for.
Even with today’s technology, the ring is a piece of metal with a serial number. The reason is size and weight. Some birds are tiny and weight only 5-6 grams. The smallest electronics device would weight at least a couple of grams. That is half the bird’s weight. That’s too much. And this simple ring weighs 0.2 gram.
Visiting The Tel
From the Tel, we descended to the parking lot and drove home.
To find out more about birds in Israel visit birds category.
That’s all for today. Hope you liked this Ein Afek post and I’ll see you in future travels!