The International Eilat Birds Festival is celebrating its sixth year in 2012, offering birders a great opportunity to view the amazing spring migration that takes place in Eilat. The event is hosted by the Israel Ornithological Center and consists of free guided tours, lectures, presentations and specialty tours.
The nation of Israel has finally chosen their national bird. After months of selecting and voting, it would seem that the Hoopoe had the most votes. This pretty little bird managed to scoop a massive 35% of the votes, giving it the prestige of becoming the new symbol of Israel.
Southern Israel is widely considered to be a bird watcherâ€™s paradise, with the city of Eilat and the surrounding areas being among the best birding destinations in the Western Palearctic. The Israel Ornithological Center and the International Birding and Research Center have teamed up to organize the Eilat Spring Migration Festival with the objective of gathering together birders from all around the world to enjoy the wonders of bird migration in southern Israel. The Eilat Spring Migration Festival is set to take place during the peak spring migration period, from the 24th through to the 31st of March 2008 and will be based at the Isrotel Agamin Hotel in the city of Eilat.