Research Finds Bird Populations Under Threat

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Data collected over the last several years by SPNI's Israel Ornithological Center reveals a worrisome decline in several bird populations. The research will be presented on December 2nd at Tel Aviv University. 

A major cause of this trend is the loss of natural aquatic habitats, including small lakes with marshy areas, mostly due to development. Wetlands provide the appropriate nesting habitats for a variety of birds, including the Ferruginous Duck. These ducks used to be plentiful in Israel, but today the population is alarmingly small.

Ferruginous Duck, Aythya nyroca

Birds that have adapted to urban habitats are also in decline, including the lesser kestrels which can be found in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The report also includes recommendations to artificially create or better preserve wetland vegetation to maintain nesting space for many threatened birds.

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