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Project Bird Box Israel

Environment  (tags: GOOD NEWS, environmentally-friendly pest control, reduce pesticide use )

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The main goal of Project Bird Box Israel is to provide nest boxes to farmers and to schools (kindergarten through high school). We want to assist in funding the use of nest boxes for those farmers that choose to make Israel a better place to live by using


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Beth S (330)
Monday March 24, 2014, 9:11 am
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Nest boxes

The main goal of Project Bird Box Israel is to provide nest boxes to farmers and to schools (kindergarten through high school). We want to assist in funding the use of nest boxes for those farmers that choose to make Israel a better place to live by using environmentally-friendly pest control and reduce pesticide use. We not only assist farmers by providing nest boxes but also by adding and repairing them in their fields. We also want to prevent any schools being left without nest boxes just because they do not have the budget. We need to invest as much in the future of kids as we possibly can, since the children of today Israel's future


We lecture to both young and old from all kinds of backgrounds—kindergartens, schools, farmers, and general audiences—to promote public awareness, conservation and biological pest control.

Work with farmers in the field

We travel around to farmers advising them of how to improve the effectiveness of nest boxes for the barn owls. Many farmers add boxes in locastion that are less suitable for barn owls. By suggesting better locations we are able to increase the number of barn owls using them and therefore decrease the total population of pests. For example, in the Hula Valley we assisted farmers to add 80 new nest boxes which were occupied 67.9% more than old boxes the same area!

Research and monitoring

Scientific research is vital for ensuring that we provide the most important information to farmers. In order to learn more about the interrelationship between owls and pest control, we research various aspects of avian ecology and behavior at the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University in collaboration with the University of Lausanne. We not only publish our results in scientific journals, but also in popular magazines. Additionally, our literature disseminates available information so that it reaches the public and farmers.

Coorperation with our neighbors

Birds of course “know no boundaries” and “Israeli” barn owls such as those in the Bet Shean Valley, move regularly into the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, where they are at risk of secondary poisoning and hunting. Even in Israel which has extensive laws concerning the use of pesticides, meaningful enforcement and regulation is sorely lacking, but unfortunately the situation in Palestine and Jordan is much worse. Hunting and poisoning are of course significant causes of raptor population declines throughout the world, but are especially apparent in the Middle East. Tragically, killing birds of prey is widespread in this region, especially in Jordan and some areas of Palestine because owls are considered ‘bad omens’ by many Arab peoples. In addition to hunting, secondary poisoning from pesticides and rodenticides is also an important factor within all countries. As we share similar water sources, it is important that not only we avoid using pesticides but that are neighbors do the same. Thus, an important goal of our Barn Owl Project is to raise public awareness about the usefulness of raptors and the benefits of environmentally-friendly agricultural practices. All money donated goes to farmers and schools in Israel unless noted by you otherwise!

Helen Porter (39)
Monday March 24, 2014, 12:36 pm
The entire world should applaud and support Israel.

While they will protect themselves, they continue doing more
than they can do to support our entire population and to honor
our Mother Earth. Even their enemies are given benefits.


Ruth Ann W (198)
Monday March 24, 2014, 1:11 pm
I'm in 100% agreement with Zee! When we find common ground on which we can all agree, we can work from there and find our way, inch by inch, step by step, to peace. And really, who wants to bring the Earth to her knees? Let's all take the lead from these wonderful folks. Thank you, Beth!

June Bostock (50)
Monday March 24, 2014, 1:44 pm

. (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 2:02 pm
Wha a simple, wonderful idea.

Stan B (123)
Monday March 24, 2014, 5:48 pm
What a contrast with the mass slaughter of migratory birds in Lebanon and other Arab countries!

Suzanne L (99)
Monday March 24, 2014, 10:06 pm
This is a fabulous project and would work well in many countries. I agree with Zee K. and Stan B. too.

Shirley S (187)
Monday March 24, 2014, 11:53 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 2:23 am
Agreed Zee and Stan. I proudly stand with Israel.

Sylvie A (190)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 3:38 am
Quel beau projet. Merci de l'information.

Alexandra G (250)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 4:42 am
great projekt, thanks for info

Ingo S (8)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 6:07 am
great project

. (0)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 10:08 am
Noted & posted

Frances Darcy (92)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7:26 am
Great idae

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 2:51 pm
Wonderful idea- the birds need our help!

Kerstin Strobl (123)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 3:44 am
great idea!

Tanya W (65)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 4:09 am
Noted & impressed.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 5:57 am
Just like protecting our home

Ruth R (246)
Friday March 28, 2014, 8:51 pm

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 9:21 pm

Danuta W (1251)
Monday March 31, 2014, 4:39 am

Winn Adams (179)
Monday March 31, 2014, 7:09 am
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