Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries: The Middle East Test Case

  • Bird

Yossi Leshem will show video clips and slides emphasizing how peace can be advanced by using raptor migration and other species as a platform for people-to-people activities in Israel and the Middle East.

In Yossi’s lecture you will hear about his research using radars, a motorized glider, UAVs, satellite transmitters and a network of ground observers. He is one of the founders and leaders of the initiative “The Nature Defense Forces – Commanders Take Responsibility for Their Environment”, and the CEO of the Hoopoe Foundation.

Yossi Leshem is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Zoology at Israel’s Tel Aviv University and was previously the CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). He is a world-renowned ornithologist who has studied birds for 45 years, and is currently leading several regional initiatives using birds to develop people-to-people activities in the Middle East. His research with the Israeli Air Force (IAF) for over three decades resulted in the reduction of aircraft-bird collisions by 76%, saving the national budget $1.3 billion, not to mention the lives of the aircrew saved.

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