Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Bird Trail

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You discover the nicest things when you are out exploring with kids!
Dean was the first to sight these birds. They looked so life-like that he tried shooing them away to make sure they were not real.
Who knew?? The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has a Bird Trail on the Givat Ram campus.
The different little corners along the shaded trail each have a different group: permanent residents, birds that only winter in the area, summer migrants, etc.
The signs are great for learning the names in Hebrew, English, and Latin.
This weekend's edition of Camera Critters is in full swing here. Fly on over and have some fun.

17 comments:

Petrea said...

Just doing something different is always a discovery. Taking a different route, going to a new place. So refreshing to see through new eyes.

i beati said...

what an excellent learning activity

Flo said...

That is great!! Not only can you see the birds when they are not there but I'll bet they attract the real birds when they are. Birds tend to go where others are. Here in Hawaii they put fake albatross on a small island hoping to get the albatross to nest there. It didn't work but I thought it was a good idea.

My entry is up over at Feather, Fur and Fins.

kayleen said...

What a neat educational tool. The birds look so realistic.

Nebraska Birding

Reader Wil said...

That's a great educational, informative place. When my children were young we often organized birthday parties to museums. They got a list with all kind of assignments, trying to find objects, sometimes doing things.It was great fun. And the children were very active.

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a learning opportunity that must be for folks who walk the bird trail. A very good thing to do!

Catherine said...

Birds without any bird coop . Isn't that the better way to watch animals ? Letting them coming and going, in a natural habitat.
You can rely on young children to find them, I know I have one "specimen" at home, always observing Nature.

fishing guy said...

Dina: What a neat way to teach nature.

Dianne said...

what a great discovery!

Leora said...

Another place to add to my "to visit" list for my next trip to Israel, whenever that is! I love learning about birds.

Meead said...

Such a good idea.

Dina I have a funny news for you. Officials in Iran found Israeli oranges on sale in markets and in shops all around the city of Tehran. They are now surprised and confused and they don't know how to collect them back not to be sold.

Abe Lincoln said...

A nice post. I learned a lot about the bird trail. I never heard of one before.

Dina said...

Hi friends, thanks for all your good responses. The Bird Trail is something new to me, too.

Catherine, you're right--no bird coop (and no bird poop either).

Meead, that IS funny. Oranges with Jaffa stickers? LOL They better squeeze a lot of juice in a hurry and bury the peels.
And here is one for you: Israelis are the biggest per capita consumers of pistachios in the world. And where do you thing most of our nuts are imported from? ;-)

Pietro said...

Dina, very glad to read you on my blog! This post is so interesting: really there's always something to learn.
About cats, I was asking Gattina, who has many kitties, how to feed them because if I had one (distant hypothesis) I wouldn't know what kind of food and how much to give him!... :-)

Karen said...

What fun !!!

Great learning tool for kids and adults alike! :-)

phantomoftheopera said...

The bird trail looks very interesting, i'll bet you could spend all day there and then some!

Misty Dawn said...

That is really neat! What a great educational experience.