Project Description

New bird watching centre in Yarkon Park – Tel Aviv

KKL-JNF, in cooperation with the Tel Aviv Municipality, Ganei Yehoshua Co. and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel is creating the Rosh Tzipor Birdwatching Centre, a focus for school children, students and the general public. The Yarkon River and the park along its banks have been transformed into an inviting leisure area, attracting millions of visitors from Gush Dan and beyond.

Step by step, life is returning to the river and its environs. KKL-JNF has created pedestrian trails and wetlands, which continue to further purify water conveyed from a water recycling plant. A variety of flora and fauna now thrive there and people, whether on foot or bicycle, are drawn to the park daily. The 6 hectares birding site will allow people to observe many bird species close up and in a wide range of habitats that will be constructed for them. Project elements include a central lake, winter pools and canals connecting them, nesting islands, mud banks, bridges and piers, a wet meadow, special areas for bats and butterflies, a duck pond, a gushing pond, a lily pond, a garden for land birds, and accessible paths and picnic tables. Educational facilities include bird ringing, birdwatching hides and open classrooms.

Location
Ganei Yehoshua in Tel Aviv.

Project Goals

  • To create a bird ringing and research park for migrating and local birds in the heart of Tel Aviv.
  • To enhance a “green lung” in an urban area through creating a birdwatching site for all visitors to the Yarkon.

Rationale
Sixteen years ago three participants in the Maccabiah Games lost their lives when a bridge collapsed over the polluted Yarkon River. Since the tragedy, KKL-JNF has taken it upon itself to rehabilitate the river and its environs with the goal of transforming the park and river into a clean, green and inviting site. Part of the work is the creation of infrastructure to provide environmental education at the site of the disaster, a program that includes learning about the river rehabilitation process. In addition, in cooperation with KKL-JNF the River Authority carries out professional activities in the context of continuing rehabilitation and opening the area for the public at large. The Yarkon has become a huge and unique urban park in the centre of Gush Dan. KKL-JNF’s constructed wetlands are significantly improving the water’s quality, enriching the riverbank’s ecosystem, attracting a rich array of animals, particularly birds. The site is, therefore, a perfect place for study, birdwatching and leisure. At Bird’s Head the best conditions will be created for migrating and native water birds to rest, nest and grow. It will be easy to observe and learn about them, providing an outstanding experience in nature for all.

Donation Impact
Your donation will promote the activities involved in the rehabilitation of the Yarkon following the 1997 Maccabiah Games tragedy. You will be involved in the development of the Birding Park at the Bird’s Head section of the Yarkon where environmental learning in open classrooms will take place. The site will attract both school children and researchers – locally and from abroad – to observe local and migrating birds up close.

Recognition
An appropriate means of recognition is available.