BEIT JALA/JERICHO – The Environmental Education Center (EEC), along with the Environmental Quality Authority of Palestine, co-hosted the 2nd National Bird Ringing Week in Palestine. Groups from around the world, including from the United States, Germany, and Austria, visited the EEC’s ringing station in Beit Jala to watch a demonstration of the technique and to hear more about the birds that travel through Palestine. Schools from Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, and Bethlehem also participated in the visits and museum tours to teach children about the importance of Palestine’s natural resources.
Trips were arranged for those interested in the EEC’s temporary ringing station in Jericho. The ringing station in Jericho has been ongoing since mid-September in the hopes of documenting bird parasites in the area and how it effects the numerous species that migrate through and live in the Jordan Valley.
The week ended with a discussion on the Palestinian Sunbird, the birds of Palestine, their importance, and the threats to their existence. The EEC encourages children and adults to learn about the biodiversity of their homeland and how they can protect it.