Prof. Yossi Leshem
Ph.D.: Tel Aviv University, 1991
Phone:

(Office) +972-3-640-6010

(Office) +972-3-640-7963

(Fax) +972-3-640-6010
(Mobile) +972-52-3257722

E-mail: yleshem@post.tau.ac.il
Room#: Room 217, Sherman Building
Web Site: www.birds.org.il
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  Personal Information
  Research Interests
  Full Publications
  Students and Lab Members
  Courses
  CV

Personal Information

Yossi Leshem worked at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the leading NGO in Israel , for 25 years, as a guide, as Director of a Field Study Center , as Head of the Nature Protection Department, Initiator and Director of the Israel Raptor Information Center between 1980-1991, and as the Executive Director of the SPNI between 1991-1995.

Leshem is Senior Researcher in the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University and is the founder and Director of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration at Latrun , Israel , established by Tel Aviv University and the SPNI.

In November 2007 he was elected as the Chairman of the SPNI Council.

Leshem has been involved in many aspects of nature conservation, with the emphasis on bird research for 38 years. Since 1984 his research for his doctorate, which was conducted with the cooperation of the Israeli Air Force and the Ministry of Science, has resulted in a decrease of 76% in the number of collisions with aircraft caused by birds, and has saved 790 million dollars, not to mention the numbers of lives, both human and avian. Today he serves as Lt. Col. (Ret) in the Israeli Air Force and continues this research. In 2005 he won the prestigious Mike Kuhring Prize for achievements of high significance for an improved flight safety concerning the bird problems of aviation, and for his mission to connect safety with nature conservation via education that gave bird strike prevention world wide appreciation.

Leshem is involved in a variety of activities in bird migration research, in educational activities that take place in over 250 schools in Israel part of cooperation with the Palestinians and the Jordanians, and has developed an educational and scientific site on the Internet

( www.birds.org.il ) called "Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries".

Leshem developed a 6 year research and an educational program in cooperation with the Palestinians and Jordanians under the same title as the web site.

At the moment Dr. Leshem is conducting a number of scientific projects, among them a project which tracks migrating birds that have been fitted with satellite transmitters, and a project that tracks migration with the aid of radar, in cooperation with a team of Russian immigrant scientists.

Leshem initiated a program to use Barn Owls and Kestrels as pest controllers to reduce the use of pesticides in agricultural fields, which became a national program and a regional project with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

Leshem published 3 books, scientific papers, and hundreds of articles in popular magazines.

Dr. Leshem visited Japan as a visiting Prof. at the University of Tokyo , June 30 th – October 12 th , 2006. Leshem is a Recipient of "Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection" in 2008 , given for sixty years of Israel .

Leshem is 62 years old, married, with 5 children and 5 grandchildren.



Research Interests

Different aspects of bird migration - Radars, Motorized glider, Network of ground observers

  

                                                Photo: Eyal Bartov

    


Satellite transmitters (PTT’S)

  

Applied research for the Israeli Air Force and civilian aviation.

    

Ecology of wintering bird populations in Israel

Photo: Dror Galili


Applied research to solve conflicts between birds and farmers

 
Photos: Amir Ezer

Barn owl and Kestrels in pest control in agriculture

 

Educational aspects and Eco-tourism in ornithology


photo: Ephi Sharir



Students and Lab Members

Ph.D. Students

1995-1999 Van-den Bossch Willem - The ecology of migrating and wintering white stork (Ciconia ciconia) followed by satellite (main supervisor Prof. Peter Berthold, Radolfzell Germany). Thesis at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
1997-2003 Shamoun-Baranes Judy - Developing of a geographical information system (GIS)-based model of migratory bird movement for Israel and the Middle East (main supervisors Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov and Prof. Peter Berthold) Tel Aviv University.
2005 – present Yair Yifat – The educational impact of the scientific program “Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries” (main supervisor Dr. Ruth Amir, School of Education, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
2005 – present Charter Motti - Interspecific interactions between sympatric breeding birds
(main supervisors: Prof. Amotz Zahavi, Prof. Arnon Lotem, Prof. Ido Itzhaki)
M.Sc. Students
1996-1999 Gal Adiv - The night migration over the coastline of Israel and the influence of weather on the migration (main supervisor Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov)
Tel Aviv University.
1996-2001 Kaplan Asaf - The influence of body mass on the flight performance of different bird species (main supervisors Prof. Daniel Weihs, Technion and Prof. Lui Stone). Tel Aviv University.
1996-2001 Alon Dan - The ecology of wintering populations of the common crane (Grus grus) in the Hulah Valley (main supervisor Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov) Tel Aviv University.
1997-2001 Schulman Ifat - The ecology of the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) in urban areas in Israel (main supervisor Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov). Tel Aviv University.
2001-2005 Charter Motti –Competitive exclusion between barn owls (Tyto alba) and kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) in agriculture fields and orchards of Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. Tel Aviv University.
2001-2005 Cohen-Davidson Ifat – Testing an interface model on wintering cranes (Grus grus) in agriculture fields in the Hula Valley. (main supervisor Prof Ido Itzhaki – Oranim, The University of Haifa). Tel Aviv University.
2002-2004 Sadovski, Eran. – Developing an algorithm to detect weather and bird movement (main supervisor Prof. Leonid Yeroslavski, Faculty of Engineering). Tel Aviv University.
2005 Raz Oded. – Studying soaring birds migration by network of radars and ground observers. Tel-Aviv University (left after 1 year).
2004 - 2007 Malsev Kosta. – Developing an algorithm to detect bird movement on-line by Enterprise Radar (main supervisor Prof. Leonid Yeroslavski, Faculty of Engineering), Tel-Aviv University.
2005 - Present Darawshi Sameh – Aggregation, movement dynamics and feeding habits of the Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) in relation to human agriculture activities in Judean hills, Israel (with Prof. Uzi Motro, The Hebrew University), The Hebrew University.
2006 - present Nadav Harpazi - Studying soaring birds migration by network of radars and ground observers (with Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov) Tel-Aviv University.
2006 - present Gilad Fridman - Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) in the Judean Plain (main supervisor Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov) Tel-Aviv University.
2007 - Present Anat Levi – Evaluation of the use Barn Owl and Kestrel as Biological Pest Control Agents of Rodents in Agriculture – Educational Program (main supervisor Prof. Yuval Dror) Tel-Aviv University.
2008 – Present Itai Berger – The influence of intruders upon the behaviour of local males during the receptive period of their female partners in sunbirds Nectarinia osea osea
2008 – Present Efrat Sher - Integrated Ecological and Agro-Technical Approaches for Controlling Vole Damage And Reducing Pesticide Use (with Dr. Amit Dolev) Tel-Aviv University.

Post Doctoral

1998-2000 Dr. Gorney-Labinger Edna - Physiology of migrating white storks (Ciconia ciconia) (main supervisors Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov and Prof. Peter Berthold, Max-Planck Institute Radolfzell, Germany). Tel Aviv University.
2001- 2002 Dr. Michal Frankel – Foraging behavior of lesser Ketsrel (Falco naumanni) in Israel (main supervisor Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov). Tel Aviv University.
2007-2008 Dr. Shai Daniel
Experiments in integrated pest management for prevention of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis using Barn Owl (Tyto alba) and the Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and organic pesticides to control Fat Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus) and sand flies (Phlebotomus papatasi) populations.
2009- Nir Sapir


Courses
Year
Course
1998- Present (apart of 2005)
Present Bird migration - biological principles and research methods (started with 57 students, latest year 256 students - B.Sc., M.Sc. course).
1999- Present
Zoological Research Gardens – First year students course (Prof. Ilan Golani and others)
2001-2006  
Fauna of Israel – Lecture and Field study trip on bird migration (Prof. Avital Gazith and others)
2005   
Avifauna of Israel (with Prof. Yoram Yom Tov)
2007  
Ornithology, Environment Agriculture and Eco-tourism – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture – Outside Lecturer.
 

Full Publications

A. BOOKS

1. Bahat, O. and Y. Leshem.
Owls of Israel.
Tel-Aviv: The Ministry of Defense Publishing House and The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, 1991, (162pp). (in Hebrew)

2. Leshem, Y. and O. Bahat.
Flying with the Birds.
Tel-Aviv: The Ministry of Defense Publishing House and The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, 1994. Fifth edition- 1999, (248 pp). (in Hebrew)

3. Leshem Y. and O. Bahat.
Flying With the Birds
Tel - Aviv: Yediot Aharonot Publishing House and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel,1999, (264pp). (in English)

4. Leshem, Y. D. Alon, J. Engel, A. Idelman and R. Haklai.
The Development of a National Network of Birdwatching Centers in Israel and their contribution to the environment, tourism, education and research, 2009, (200pp). (in Hebrew)

5. Leshem, Y. and O. Bahat.
Flying With the Birds
Tel - Aviv: Yediot Aharonot Publishing House and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and Tel-Aviv University, 1999. Second edition - 2009, (272 pp). (in English)

6. Vogel, G.C. and Y. Leshem.
The Man Who Flies With Birds
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2009, (64pp). (in English)

B. ARTICLES

1. LESHEM, Y . 1980 .

RAPTORS IN THE DESERT - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 29 (4): 197-197

 

2.   Leshem, Y. 1981.

The occurrence of Hume's Tawny owl in Israel and Sinai.

 Sandgrouse 2, 100-102.

 

3.   Leshem, Y. 1982.

THE NEGEV LAPPENT-FACED VULTURE (TORGOS-TRACHELIOTUS-NEGEVENSIS) - THE END OF A NEW SUBSPECIES

ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 31 (1-2): 66-67

4.   Leshem, Y. 1985.

Shell-dropping by Ospreys.

British Birds 73, 143.

 

5.   Leshem, Y. 1986.

 Fahrten am Himmel-Herbstwanderung der Griefe uber Israel.

Luscinia 45, 337-346.

 

6.   Leshem, Y. 1987.

 Following the migration of soaring birds, using a motorized glider and radar.

 Israel Journal of Zoology, 34 (1-2): 101-102

 

7.   Clark , W. & Leshem, Y. 1988.

Partial Albino Lappet-faced Vulture in Kenya .

 Ostrich 59, 44-45.

 

8.   Leshem, Y. 1988.

 Der Negev und die Judaisch Wuste: Letze Chance fur Israels Greife.

 Luscinia 46, 89-95.

 

9.   Crivelli, A.J., Leshem, Y., Muchev, T., Jerrentrup, H. 1991.

Where do palearctic great white pelicans presently over winter?

Revue d'Ecologie 46, 145-171.

 

10.    LESHEM, Y. 1995

PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL-CONFERENCE ON BIRD MIGRATION, THE SOCIETY-FOR-THE-PROTECTION-OF-NATURE-IN-ISRAEL, 3-7 APRIL 1994, ELAT, ISRAEL – FOREWORD

ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 41 (3): R7-R8

 

11.   Leshem,Y,. Y. Yom-Tov 1996.

The magnitude and timing of migration by soaring raptors, pelicans and storks over Israel .

 Ibis 138, 188-203.

 

12.   Leshem, Y., Y. Yom-Tov 1996.

The use of thermals by soaring migrants in Israel .

Ibis 138, 667-674.

 

13.   Berthold, P. Van-den Bossche, W. Fiedler, W. Kaatz, C. Kaatz, M. Leshem , Y. Nowak, E. & Querner, U. 1997.

Satellite tracking of the annual migration of a white stork ( Ciconia ciconia ) and discussion of orientation mechanisms of homeward migration.

J. Ornith. 138, 229-234.

 

14.   Berthold, P. Van-den Bossche, W. Leshem, Y. Kaatz, C. Kaatz, M. Nowak, E. & Querner, U. 1997.

Satellite-tracking of white storks: migration of an eastern Individual westward Up to Nigeria .

J. Ornith.138, 331-334.

 

15.   Berthold, P. Van-den Bossche, W. Leshem, Y. Kaatz, C. Kaatz, M Nowak, E. & Querner, U. 1997.

Satellite-tracking of white stork ( Ciconia ciconia ): migration of an Eastern individual to South Yemen .

J. Ornith. 138, 546-549.

16.   Berthold, P. Van-den Bossche, W. Leshem, Y. Kaatz, C. Kaatz, M Nowak, E. & Querner, U. 1997.

Satellite-tracking of the annual migration of a White Stork ( Circonia circonia ) and discussion of the orientation mechanisms of homeward migration.

J. für Ornithology 138, 229-234

 

17.   Leshem, Y., Y. Yom-Tov. 1998.

Routes of migrating soaring birds.

Ibis 140, 41-52.

 

18. Alpert, P. Tannhauser D, S. Leshem , Y. Kravitz A, Rabinovitch-Hadar, M. 2000

Migrating soaring birds align along sea-breeze fronts: first evidence from Israel .

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 1599-1601

 

19.    Berthold, P. Van-den Bossche, W. Leshem, Y. Kaatz, C. Kaatz, M. Nowak, E. & Querner, U. 2001

Detection of a new important staging and wintering area of the White Stork ( Ciconia ciconia) by satellite tracking.

Ibis 143, 450-455.

 

20.   Berthold, P. van den Bossche, W. Fiedler, W. Gorney, E. Kaatz , M. Leshem , Y. Nowak, E. Querner , U. 2001

 The migration of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia): a special case according to new data

JOURNAL FUR ORNITHOLOGIE, 142 (1): 73-92 JAN

 

21. Shamoun-Baranes, J ., Liechti , O., Yom-Tov , Y. and Leshem Y. 2002

 Using a convection model to predict altitudes of white stork Migration over central Israel . Boundary Layer Meteorology. 107, 673-681

 

22. Shamoun-Baranes, J., Baharad, A., Alpert, P., Berthold, P., Leshem and Y., Yom-Tov. 2003. The effect of wind, season and latitude on the migration speed of White Storks ( Ciconia ciconia ), along the eastern migration route .

Journal of Avian Biology. 34, 97-104

23. Shamoun-Baranes, J., Leshem, Y., Yom-Tov, Y. and O. Liechti. 2003.

Differential use of thermal convection by soaring birds over central Israel .

Condor. 105, 208-218

 

24. Dinevich, L. Matsyura A. Leshem Y. 2004

Temporal characteristics of night bird migration above central Israel – a radar study

ACTA Ornithologica. 38, 103-110

 

25. Pearce, F; Leshem, Y . 2004

Bird traffic controller

NEW SCIENTIST, 184 (2470): 48-51 OCT 23 2004

 

26. Schulman-Liven, I. Leshem, Y. Alon, D. Yom-Tov, Y. 2004

Causes population decline in the Lesser Kestrel in Israel

Ibis. 146, 145-152

 

27. Alon, D. Granit, B. Kirwan G. Leshem , Y. Shamoun-Baranes, J. and Shirihai, H. 2004.

A decade of autumn soaring bird migration over northern Israel , 1990-1999

British Birds. 97, 160-182

 

28. Dinevich, L., Leshem, Y., Pinsky, M., Sterkin, A. 2004

Detecting birds and estimating their velocity vectors by means of MRL – 5 meteorological radar

The Ring 26, 35-53

 

29. Charter, M., Bouskila, A., and Leshem, Y. 2005

Second clutches by Common Kestrels ( Falco tinnunculus ) breeding on buildings in Israel

Sandgrouse 27, 165-167

 

30. Charter, M., Bouskila, A, Aviel, S., and Leshem, L. 2005

First record of Eurasian Jackdaw ( Corvus monedula ) parasitism by the Great-spotted Cuckoo

(Clamator glandarius ) in Israel.

Wilson Bulletin 117, 201–204.

31. Dinevich, L., Matsyura, A., Leshem, Y. 2005

Some characteristics of nocturnal bird migration in Israel according to radar monitoring

The Ring 27, 2, 197-213

 

32. Charter, M., Leshem, L. 2006

First documented case of Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding in an open nest in Israel .

Sandgrouse Vol. 28 (1), 77 – 78.

33. Shamoun-Baranes J., van Loon, E., Alon, D. Alpert, P., Yom-Tov, Y. Leshem, Y. 2006

Is there a connection between weather at departure sites, onset of migration and timing of soaring-

bird autumn migration in Israel
(in press , http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1466-822x.2006.00261.x).
Global Ecology and Biogeography, 15
(6): 541-552 .

34. Charter, M., Leshem, Y., Izhaki, I. , Guershon, M., Kiat Y., 2006

The diet of the Little Owl (Athena noctua) in Israel

Zoology in the Middle East 39, 31-40

 

35. Dinevich, L., Leshem, Y., 2006

Algorithmic system for identifying bird radio-echo, and plotting radar ornithological charts.

The Ring 29, 1-2: 3-40

36. Leshem, Y. Yom-Tov, Y. Thompson, H. Bennun , L. Labinger, Z. 2006

The importance of the Great Rift Valley for palearctic bird migration

JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 147 (5): 284-284

 

37. Charter M., Izhaki I. , Bouskila, A., and Y. Leshem. 2007.

Breeding success of the Eurasian Kestrel ( Falco tinnunculus ) nesting on buildings in Israel .

J. Raptor Res. 41(2): 139-143.

 

38. Charter M., Izhaki I. , Bouskila, A., and Y. Leshem, 2007.

The effect of different nest types on the breeding success of Eurasian Kestrels ( Falco tinnunculus )

in a rural ecosystem. J. Raptor Res. 41(2): 143-149.

 

39. Charter, M., Izhaki, I. , Shapira, L., and Y. Leshem, 2007.

Diets of urban breeding Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Tel Aviv, Israel .

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119(3): 484-485

 

40. Dinevich, L., Leshem, Y., 2008.

Identification of migrating birds' echo and plotting ornithological charts based on MRL-5 radar data .
Advanced Contemporary Radioelectronics" # 3, pp. 48 -68.
The Institute for Radio Engineering and Radioelectronics, Russian Academy of Science , Moscow . ISSN 0373-2428.

 

40. Charter M., Leshem Y., Izhaki I. , and S. Halevi , 2008. A case of polygamy or co-operative breeding in the Common Kestrel ( Falco tinnunculus ) in Israel .

Sandgrouse. 30:164-165.

 

41. Kiat, Y., Perlman, G., Balaban, A.., Leshem, Y., Izhaki, I. and M. Charter, 2008.
Feeding specialization of urban Long-eared Owls, Asio otus (Linnaeus, 1758), in Jerusalem , Israel .

Zoology in the Middle East 43: 49-54 .

 

42. Dinevich, L., Leshem, Y., 2008.
Some characteristics of daytime bird migration in Israel : radar monitoring data.
The Ring 30. 1/2:3-17.

 

43. Charter, M., Izhaki, I. , Meyron, K., Motro, Y., and Y. Leshem, 2009.

Diets of Barn Owls Differ In The Same Agricultural Region.

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121(2): 378-383.

 

Accepted :

Kiat, Y., Perlman, G., Balaban, A.., Leshem, Y., Izhaki, I. and M. Charter, 2008. Feeding specialization of urban Long-eared Owls, Asio otus (Linnaeus, 1758), in Jerusalem , Israel . Zoology in the Middle East 43: 49-54 .


In preparation:

1. Davidson, I., Alon, D., Izhaki, I. , and Leshem, Y.

Trends in Eurasian Crane ( Grus grus ) population size in the Hula Valley in reaction to human

induced changes.

 

2. Alon, D., Yom-Tov, Y., Leshem, Y.,

Studying crane migration by satellite and wintering ecology of the Cranes in the Hula Valley

C.   CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

 

1.   Mendelssohn, H., Leshem, Y. 1983.

 The status and conservation of the vultures of Israel , pp. 86-98. In: Vulture biology and management. Editors. S. Wilbur & A. Jackson , Berkeley , California Press.

 

 

2.   Mendelssohn, H., Leshem, Y. 1983.

 Observation on reproduction and growth of old world vultures, pp. 214-241. In: Vulture biology and management. Editors S. Wilbur & A. Jackson , Berkeley , California Press.

 

3.   Leshem, Y. 1984.

 The rapid population decline of the Israel 's lappet-faced vulture, pp. 41-46. In: International zoo. Yearbook 23, Ed. P.J.S. Olney, The Zoological Society of London .

 

4.   Leshem, Y. 1986.

 Raptor conservation problems in the Middle-East, pp. 11-16. In: Raptor research foundation report (5), raptor conservation in the next 50 years. Editors S.E. Senner, C.M. White and J.R. Parirish.

 

5.   Leshem, Y. Yom-Tov, Y. Alon, D. Shamoun-Barnes, J. 2003

Bird Migration as an interdisciplinary tool for global cooperation. Editors: P. Berthold, E. Gwinner , E. Sonnenschein – Berlin, Springer Press, pp. 585-599

 

EDITING BOOKS

1. אלון, ד., ארבל, א., לשם, י.,

הציפורים – המדריך השלם לציפורי ארץ ישראל

עורכים מדעיים של המהדורה העברית. כותבים: קיליאן מולארני, לארס סוונסון, דן צטרסטרום, ופיטר ג'. גרנט

תל אביב: הוצאת מפה, הקיבוץ המאוחד, והחברה להגנת הטבע, 2003, 408 עמודים

 

D. PAPERS PRESENTED AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS PUBLISHED IN PROCEEDINGS

1.   Leshem Y.

  Description of birds of prey migration sites in Israel .

  International Council of Birds Preservation Conference , Greece 1982.

 

2.   Leshem Y.

  Migration survey needs in the Mid-East.

  International Council of Birds Preservation Conference , Greece 1982.

 

3.   W. S. Clark and Y. Leshem

  Convenor of the session: conservation education birds of prey.

  International Council of Birds Preservation Conference , Greece 1982.

 

4.   Leshem Y.

  Israel as a model of conservation education on birds of prey in developing countries.

  International Council of Birds Preservation Conference , Greece 1982.

 

5.   Leshem Y.

  Raptor migration in Israel .

  Hawk Migration Conference IV, Rochester , NY 1983.

 

6.   Leshem Y.

  The status of problematic species in Israel approaches to rehabilitating rare raptor populations. Tel-Aviv University and Nature

  Reserve Authority, Tel-Aviv , Israel 1983.

 

7.   Leshem Y.

  The future of birds of prey in the next 50 years.

  Raptor conservation problems in the Mid-East, Pennsylvania USA, 1984.

 

8.   Leshem Y.

  The rapid decline of the four vulture species in Israel .

  Third International Vulture Symposium, Sacramento , USA , 1985.

 

9.   Leshem Y.

  Israel as a model of conservation education for third world countries.

  Third International Vulture Symposium, Sacramento , USA , 1985.

 

10.   Leshem Y.

  Following the migration of soaring birds, using a motorized glider and radar.

  Israel Zoological Society Meeting , Israel , 1986.

 

11.   Leshem Y.

  Tracking raptor migration by motorized glider and radar.

  Israel Zoological Society Meeting , Israel , 1987.

 

12.   Leshem Y.

  Following raptor migration the ground, motorized glider and radar at the Junction of Three Continents.

  International Council of Bird Preservation, Birds of Prey Conference Eilat , Israel , 1987.

 

13.   Leshem Y.

  Birds of prey and public educational jornadas.

   Internacionales Sobre Aves, Madrid .

 

14.   Leshem Y.

  Following soaring bird migration from the ground, motorized glider and radar at a junction of 3 continents.

  19th Meeting of Bird Strike Committee , Madrid , Spain , 1988.

 

15.   Leshem Y.

  Israel as a model of conservation education in developing counties.

   Second International Conference on Environment Education for Teachers and Students of Secondary Schools, Valsain , Spain

  1988.

 

16.   Leshem Y.

  Prediction of raptor migration on a vertical and horizontal scale and in time and its application in the Israel Air Force.

Israel Zoological Society , Israel , 1989.

 

17. Leshem Y.

  The development of a bird migration real-time warning system for the Israeli   Air-Force utilizing ground observers, radar,

   motorized glide and drones: and a preliminary report on the use of the transmitters receive by satellite as a method.

   Bird Strike Committee of Europe, Helsinki , Finland , 1990.

 

18.   Leshem Y.

  Soaring bird migration in international "bottleneck" areas, on a daily seasonal and yearly scale.

  Israel Zoological Society , Israel , 1991.

 

19.   Leshem Y.

  Regularity in bird migration in global "bottleneck" areas on daily, seasonal and yearly scale, and implementation of the study in    

  the Israeli Air- Force and civil flight.

  Bird Strike Committee of Europe, Helsinki , Finland , 1992.

 

20.   Leshem Y.

  Global raptor migration "bottlenecks" as a parameter of long term variation in raptor populations.

   Birds of Prey and Owls, Berlin , Germany , 1992.

 

21.   Leshem Y.

  Nature preservation and protection - The current situation development of the Negev and environmental quality,

  Sede Boqer, 1992.

 

22.   Leshem Y.

  Raptor migration and the Israeli Air-Force activity: A solution to a constant conflict.

  European raptor research foundation & The Hawk and Owl Trust, Canterbury , England 1993.

 

23.   Leshem Y.

  Integration of ground observation, radar, drone, motorized-glider and light air craft for studying soaring bird migration.

  Scientific Conference on Bird Migration, Eilat , Israel 1994.

 

24.   Leshem Y.

  The study of soaring bird migration at the junction of three continents to create co-existence between birds and aircraft.

  21st International Ornithological Congress, Vienna , Austria , 1994.

25.   Leshem Y.

  Twenty three years of birdstrike damage in the Israel Air-Force.

  22 nd Meeting Bird Strike Committee of Europe, Vienna , Austria , 1994.

 

26.   Leshem Y.

  Economic development of the area and the peace process.

  The Eosystem of the Eilat Gulf , Israel 1994.

 

27.   Leshem Y.

  Thoughts of a zoologist on the approach of the 21 st century

  Israel Zoological Society , Israel , 1994.

28.   Leshem Y., W. Van Den Bossche, P. Berthold, Y. Yom-Tov

  Preliminary data on Following Migrating and Wintering White Storks by Satellite.

Israel Zoology Society, 1994.

 

29.   Leshem Y.

  Twenty three years of birdstrike damage in the Israel Air Force, (1972-1994) compared to 10 western air-forces.

  Israel Zoology Society 1994.

 

30.   Leshem Y.

  Twenty four years of birdstrike damage in the Israel Air Force (1972-1995).

  Raptor Research Foundation, University of Minnesota , Duluth , U.S.A (1972-1995).

 

31.   Leshem Y.

  An educational project in schools: following migrating raptors, storks and pelicans using satellite telemetry and a computer

  communication system.

  Raptor Research Foundation, University of Minnesota , Duluth , U.S.A, 1995.

 

32.   Leshem Y.

  Jordan , Israel and Egypt as a world focal point for soaring bird migration.

  The Ecosystem of the Gulf of Aquaba . The Inter University Institute for Marine Science in Eilat , Israel , 1995.

 

33.   Leshem Y.

  Environmental education: A vital tool in the peace process. International.

  Conference on the Peace Process and the Environment Tel-Aviv University , the Porter Super-Center , 1995.

 

34.   Leshem Y., Van-Den Bossche, W. Berthold, P. Yom-Tov, Y. Meyberg, B.

  Following white storks and eagles on the migration route and wintering grounds with radio-transmitters received by satellite,

  1993-1995.

  The Zoological Society of Israel , 1995.

 

35.   Leshem Y.

  Establishing of an institute for research of bird migration at Latrun as an inter- disciplinary project in research, conservation,

  flight-safety, education and eco-tourism and as a part of the peace process.

  The Zoological Society   of Israel , 1995.

 

36.   Leshem Y. And Gauthreaux, S. A.

  Proposal to develop a global network to predict bird movements on a real-time and daily scale by using radars.

  Proceeding of the 23 rd IBSC Conference, London , UK , 1996, pp.433-442.

 

37.   Leshem Y.

  Establishing of an international center for the study of bird migration and flight safety at Latrun , Israel , as a model for regional   

   activity.

  Proceeding of the 23rd IBSC Conference, London , UK , 1996, pp. 503-514.

 

38.   Leshem Y.

  Evaluating the cost of bird-related damage to civilian and military flight safety.

  Proceeding of the 23rd IBSC Conference London, UK, 1996, pp125-133.

 

39.   Seegar, W.S., Fuller, M.R., Howey, P.W & Leshem, Y.

  Satellite telemetry, a tool for tracking and monitoring bird movements from a local to global scale.

  Proceeding of the 23rd IBSC Conference, London , U.K, 1996, pp. 443-462.

 

40.   Leshem, Y.

  Bird migration as a leading role in the peace process.

  Eco-Peace Meeting, Amman , Jordan , 1996.

 

41.   Leshem, Y.

  Following white stork migration over Israel by radar, motorized-glider, drones and ground observers.

  Proceeding of the 3rd White Stork Conference , Hamburg , Germany , 1996.

 

42.   Leshem, Y.

  White storks- helping the peace process in the Middle East .

  Proceeding of the 3 rd White Stork Conference , Hamburg , Germany , 1996.

    

43.   Van-den Bosche, W. Berthold, P. Kaatz, M. Kaatz , C. Leshem, Y. Nowak, E. & Querner

  Preliminary results of Satellite Tracking of White Stork ( Ciconia ciconia ) Migration.

  Proceeding of the 3rd White Stork Conference , Hamburg , Germany ,1996.

 

44.   Leshem, Y.

  Proposal to develop a global network to predict raptor movements on a real- time and daily scale by using radars.

  2nd International Conference on Raptors, Urbino , Italy ,1996.

 

45.   Leshem, Y., Alon, D.

  The wintering cranes in the Hulah valley, Israel , as a model of research, education and eco-tourism.

  Stralsund , Germany , 1996.

 

46.   Leshem, Y.

  Developing bird real-time warning system in the Israeli Air Force and the Middle East .

  Seminar of USAF, Colorado Springs , USA , 1996.

 

47.   Leshem, Y.

   Developing bird migration research in the Israel Air Force and options of cooperation with the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

   Royal Jordanian Air Force meeting, Amman , Jordan , 1996.

 

48.   Leshem, Y. Rosenboim, M.

  Bird migration in the Middle East - leading vehicle for the peace process, and the Internet Project. Tel Aviv ,

  Israel . Scientific and Educational Aspects of Migrating Bird Conservation,

   Tel Aviv , Israel , 1997, pp. 67-76.

 

49.   Leshem, Y.

  Migrating birds know no boundaries.

  Proceedings of the 1997 Conference on Campaigning for Environment. Eilat , Israel , 1997, pp. 53-54.

 

50.   Shamoun - Baranes, J. Leshem, Y. Yom - Tov, Y.

  Development of a real - time warning system for bird movements in the Middle East .

  7 th Annual Meeting, BSC, Boston , USA , 1997.

 

51.   Rosenboim, M., Zuzovsky, R. Leshem , Y.

  Migrating birds know no boundaries: training science teachers to work in a computer - supported science-learning environment. 

  Annual ATEE Meeting, Macerata , Italy , 1997.

 

52.   Rosenboim, M., Zuzovsky, R. Leshem , Y and Ben Ari, Y.

  Migrating birds know no boundaries: a computer supported learning environment on the world wide web.

  Proceedings of the International Seminar on scientific and educational aspects of migrating birds,

  Tel Aviv Israel ,1998, pp. 173-177.

 

53.   Gal, A., Evans, B., Leshem, Y. and Yom-Tov, Y.

  Preliminary results from a new method used to follow nocturnal migration.

  Proceedings of the International Seminar on scientific and Educational Aspects of Migrating Birds, Tel Aviv , Israel , pp.179-182.

 

54.   Leshem, Y. Shamoun-Baranes, J., Yanai, M., Tamir, R., Yom-Tov, Y.

  The development of a global database on bird movements and bird strikes in military and civilian flight. Proceedings of the 24th

   International Bird Strike Committee (IBSC), Stara Lesna slovakia , 1998, pp. 61-72.

 

55.   Leshem, Y., Ronen, N.

  Removing Hiriya garbage dump, Israel - a test case.

  Proceedings of the 24th International Bird Strike Committee (IBSC) 1998, Stara Lesna slovakia ,1998, pp.175-184.

 

56.   Alon, D., Adar, M., Keren T., Leshem Y., Shulman I. , Gantz A., and R. Mizrahi.

  Educational and community activities as part of the Lesser Kestrel conservation program in Israel . 5 th world conference on birds

 of prey and owls. Johannesburg , South Africa , 1998.

 

57.   Leshem, Y.

  Combining politics, research, flight safety and eco-tourism as a multi- disciplinary model for global raptor conservation.

  5th world conference on birds of prey and owls. Johannesburg , South Africa , 1998.

 

58.   Leshem, Y.

  Developing a real time warning system in the Middle- East: from vision to reality.

  Proceeding of the International Seminar on Birds and Flight Safety in the Middle East.1999, p 45-69.

 

59. Leshem, Y. Shamoun-Barnes, J.

  Flight-safety Internet and education- a leading tool for global awareness.

  Proceedings of 25 th BSC Conference Amsterdam the Netherlands . 2002, p15-28

 

60. Leshem, Y.

  Aviation and Bird Hazard Management: a new concept of combining flight safety, conservation and  

   education in Africa .

  Proceedings of the 10 th Pan-Africa Ornithological Congress, Kampala , Uganda . 2000

   (Plenary Lecture) Ostrich p.2

 

61. Leshem, Y. Gal, A. Alon , D. Bahat, O.

  A global Internet educational program to follow to follow raptors tracked by satellite.

  The 6 th World Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls. Eilat March 2000.

 

62. Leshem, Y. Sheinmeister, E.

  Birds and flight safety awareness in the Middle East and Africa- a test case.

  Proceedings of Birds Strike Committee North America 2001, 9. 73-78

 

63.   Leshem, Y.

  Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries – interdisciplinary concept. Producing a new perspective for

  monitoring migrating animals, improving knowledge for conservation.

  Bonn , Germany , June 1999, 131-149

 

64.   Leshem, Y.

  “Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries” from regional to global perspective.

  Proceedings of the African international seminar on bird migration 2001, 35-48

 

65.   Leshem, Y.

  The Status and Conservation Problem of the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in the Middle East

  Proceedings of Bearded Vulture Life Project. Tende , France , August 2002

 

66. Leshem, Y. Froneman. A.

  Flight safety and nature conservation, the Great Rift Valley case study

  Proceedings of the 26 international Bird strike committee, Warsaw , May 2003, 4-17


67. Leshem, Y. Alon, D.

  The conflict of birds and agriculture in the Middle East

  BirdLife International 4 th conference, Durban , 2004

 

68.   Alon, D. Leshem, Y.

  Birds and Eco – tourism – a new dimention

  BirdLife International 4 th conference , dubran, 2004


69.   Leshem, Y., Ovadia, O., Dinevich L., Raz, O.

  A National network of bird and weather radar in Israel from vision to reality.
  Proceeding of the 27 th International Bird Strike Committee
  Athens , May 23-27, 2005

70.   Leshem Y.
  Promoting bird strike as a national and international issue.
  Athens , May 23-27, 2005
 

71.   Dinevich L., Leshem Y.,

  Algorithmic System for Identifying Bird Radio Echo and Plotting Radar Ornithological Charts.

  PIERS 2006 –  Tokyo : Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium

  Tokyo , Japan , August 2 – 5, 2006.

E. EDITING SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

1.   Bird Migration, Proceedings of the International Conference on Bird Migration, 3-7 April 1994’ Eilat Israel . Israel Journal of

   Zoology Vol. 41(3)

 

2.   Proceedings of the Scientific and Educational Aspects of Migrating Bird Conservation, 1998 Tel Aviv , Israel . Co -Editor with

   Berthold, P. and Lachman, E.

 

3.   Proceedings of the International Seminar on Birds and Flight Safety in the Middle East . April 25-29,1999. Co-Editor with

   Mendlik, Y. and Shamoun-Baranes J.

4.   Proceedings of the African International Seminar on Birds Migration: Research, Conservation, Education and Flight-Safety,

   April 29-May11, 2001. Co-editor: Froneman A., Mundy P., Shamir H.

 

5.   The Great Rift Valley – Proceedings of the Dead Sea Expert Meeting: Proposed as a World Heritage Site. Editors: Mazor, E.,

   Turner, M., Leshem, Y. and Frankenberg E.


CV

 

EDUCATION

Period of study

Name of University

Subject Degree

Date of award

1/10/68-30/7/71

Hebrew University

Biology & Genetics B.Sc.

1971

1/10/73-30/7/76

Tel Aviv University

Zoology M.Sc.

1976

1/10/87-30/7/91

Tel Aviv University

Zoology Ph.D.

1994

Title of Master's Thesis : The biology of the Bonelli's Eagle ( Hieraaetus fasciatus ).

Name of Supervisor : Prof. Amotz Zahavi.

Title of Doctoral Dissertation : Studying and forecasting spring and autumn soaring bird migration and the effect of climatic factors on migration in Israel .

Name of Supervisor : Prof. Yoram Yom-Tov.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Period of Study
Name of Institute

Rank/Function

1/8/71-30/5/73

Society for the Protection

of Nature in Israel (SPNI)

Har Gilo Field Study Center Field Instructor

30/5/73-30/5/76

SPNI

Director Har Gilo Field Study Center

30/5/76-30/5/77

SPNI

Nature Conservation Department

30/5/77-30/5/80

SPNI

Director, Nature Conservation Dept.

30/5/80-1/9/91

SPNI

Establisher and director of the Israel Raptor Information Center (I.R.I.C)

1/9/91-1/9/95
SPNI
SPNI director General

1/10/95-30/9/98

Tel-Aviv University,

Dept. of Zoology

Guest Lecturer

1998-2002

T Tel-Aviv University,

Dept. of Zoology

Researcher

2003-present

T Tel-Aviv University,

Dept. of Zoology

Senior Researcher

1995-present

The International Center For the Study of Bird Migration, Latrun

Establisher & Director

2006 June-October

The University of Tokyo

Visiting Professor

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

Year Name of Meeting (city, country)
1982 World Working Group of Birds of Prey (WWGBP) Conference   
Thessaloniki , Greece .
1983

Hawk Migration Conference IV, Rochester , NY , USA (Plenary lecture).

1983 Approaches to Rehabilitating Rare Raptor Populations, Tel-Aviv , Israel .
1984 Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 50th Anniversary , Pennsylvania , USA .
1985

Third International Vulture Symposium, Sacramento , USA .

1986

Israel Zoological Society Meeting , Israel .

1987

Israel Zoological Society Meeting , Israel .

1987 Third International Conference on Birds of Prey, International Council of Bird Preservation Birds of Prey Conference, (WWGBP), Eilat, Israel.
1987

Jornadas Internacionales Sobre Aves Rapaces , Madrid , Spain .

1988 19th Meeting of Bird Strike Committee, Europe (BSCE) Madrid , Spain .
1988 Second International conference on Environment Education for teachers and students of secondary schools, Valsain , Spain .
1989 Israel Zoological Society Meeting , Israel .
1990

20 th Meeting Bird Strike Committee of Europe (BSCE), Helsinki , Finland .

1991

Israel Zoological Society Meeting, Jerusalem , Israel .

1992

21st Meeting Bird Strike Committee of Europe (BSCE) Helsinki , Finland .

1992 4th World Conference on Birds on Prey and Owls, (WWGBP) Berlin , Germany .
1992 Conference on Development of the Negev and Environmental Quality, Sede Boqer, Israel.
1993 First European Meeting Raptor Research Foundation & The Hawk and Owl, Canterbury, England.
1994

Scientific Conference on Bird migration, Eilat , Israel .

1994 21st International Ornithological Congress, Vienna , Austria (Invited plenary lecture).
1994

22nd Meeting Bird Strike Committee of Europe (BSCE), Vienna , Austria .

1994

Conference on the Ecosystem of the Gulf of Eilat , Eilat , Israel .

1994

Israel Zoological Society Meeting , Israel .

1995

Raptor Research Foundation, Annual Meeting, University of Minnesota , Duluth , USA .

1995

Israel Zoological Society Meeting , Israel .

1995 The Ecosystem of the Gulf of Aquaba in relation to the enhanced Economical Development and the Peace Process, The Inter-University Institute for Marine Science in Eilat, Israel.
1996

23rd meeting Bird Strike Committee of Europe (BSCE), London , England .

1996

International Symposium on the White Stork, Hamburg , Germany .

1996 Second International conference on Raptors, Urbino , Italy .
1996 Third European Crane Workshop, Stralsund , Germany .
1996

Seminar on Bird Avoidance Model (BAM), U.S.A.F Colorado Springs , USA .

1997

Scientific and Educational Aspects of Migrating Birds Conservation, Tel Aviv, Israel .

1997 International Fachtagung “Zugvogel Botschafter” Weltweiter Klima - und
Lebensraumveranderungen”, Konstanz, Germany.
1997 Campaigning for our Environmental and Earth Summit, 5. Eco - Peace, Middle East Environmental Forum, Eilat, Israel.
1997 28th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Ecological and Environmental Sciences (Keynote speaker), Haifa, Israel.
1997 The 11th International Caretaker of the Environment Conference, Sde Boker,
Israel.
1997 International Bird Strike Avoidance Seminar: Developing Regional and Global Network of Radars to Enable Real Time Warning System of Bird Movements and Weather to be used by Military and Civilian Flight. Lockheed Martin, Washington D.C, USA.
1998 5th World Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1998 22nd International Ornithological Congress, Durban, South Africa.
1998 24th International Bird strike committee, Stara Lesna, Slovakia.
1999 The International Seminar on Birds and Flight Safety in the Middle East, Tel Aviv, Israel
2000 6th World Conference on birds of prey and owls, Eilat, Israel
2000 25th International Bird Strike Committee (IBSC), Amsterdam, Holland
2000 10th Pan-African Ornithological Congress, Kampala, Uganda
2001 3rd European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference, Maa’le Hachamisha, Israel
2001 Bird Strike Committee North America Conference, Calgary, Canada
2001 Symposium on Avian Migration, 100 years to Radolfzell Max Planck institute, Konstanz, Germany
2001 38th Conference Aves Science, Zichron Yaakov, Israel
2001 African international seminar on bird migration, research, conservation, education and flight safety, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2002 Conference on the Reintroduction projects of the Bearded Vultures (Gypaetos barbatos) in the Alps and Pyrinees, Tende, France
2002 Workshop on Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian cooperation on birds, BirdLife International, Istanbul, Turkey
2002 The Great Rift Valley – Experts’ Meeting, Dead Sea, Israel, Head of Bird Migration Working Group. Lecture: Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries - a Multidisciplinary Concept.
2002 Coexistence between Farmers and Wildlife, Organic Agriculture Seminar for Jordanian, Palestinian, Tunisian and Israeli Experts.
2003 26th conference of the International Bird Strike Committee, Warsaw, Poland.
2003 6th World Conference on Bird of Prey and Owls, Budapest, Hungary.
2003 UNESCO workshop – The Great Rift Valley as a world heritage site.
2004 BirdLife International Global meeting, Durban, South Africa.
2004 US-AID, MERC Regional Workshop - Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries, Amman, Jordan
2005 European Scientific Foundation (ESF) Conference, Wilemshaven, Germany
2005 General Assembly, UNEP Global Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya
2005 27th International Bird Strike Committee, Athens, Greece
2006 Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) Tokyo, Japan
2006 24th International Ornithology Congress (IOC), Hamburg, Germany
2007 Regional Workshop: Jordanian – Israeli Economic Cooperation, Movenpick, Jordan.
2007 Develop Research and Conservation Plan, for the Great Rift Valley. Nairobi, Kenya.
2007 European Space Agency, Developing the "System of Systems" Bird Migration Interdisciplinary Program. Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
2007 Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries, European Ornithological Union, Vienna, Austria
2008 Partners in Flight, The Great Rift Valley - From Local to Global Vision – a new test case, McAllen, Texas, USA

ORGANIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

1985 International Birdwatching Seminar for 40 Directors of International Ornithological Organizations
1987 The Third International Conference on Birds of Prey, ICBP, World Working Group on Birds of Prey, Eilat, Israel
1989 International Seminar on Birds, Radar, and Other Sensors, to formulate Policy on the Subject of Voice of America. In cooperation with the IRIC, Nature Reserves Authority and Elta Inc.
1994 The Scientific Conference on Bird Migration, Eilat. Organized by Tel-Aviv University and the SPNI.
1997 International Bird Strike Avoidance Seminar: Developing Regional and Global Network of Radars to Enable Real Time Warning System of Bird Movement and Weather to be Used by Military and Civilian Flight. Lockheed Martin, Washington D.C., USA.
1997 Scientific and Educational Aspects of Migrating Bird Conservation Organized by Tel Aviv Univ., SPNI German Ministry of the Environment and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mashav, Israel.
1998 Ethiopian - Israeli cooperation to develop new systems to avoid bird strikes in civilian and military flight.
1998 Royal Jordanian Air Force and Israel Air Force cooperation to develop new systems to avoid bird strikes in the region.
1999 International Seminar on Birds and Flight Safety in the Middle East
2001 African International Seminar on Birds Migration: Research, Conservation, Education and Flight-Safety
2002 Organic Agriculture Seminar – Coexistence between Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinians and Tunisian farmers and wildlife.
2007 Meeting of the Great Rift Valley City Mayors – Advancing Research Conservation and Pest Control in Jordan, Israel and Palestinian Authority

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Year Society (country )
1987 Israel Zoological Society
1994 The International Ornithological Conference (I.O.C) – Member of the Scientific Committe
1997 Ornithological Society Middle East (O.S.M.E) - Vice President (till 2007).
1998 International Bird Strike Committee (IBSC) – Steering Committee member.
2003 European Scientific Foundation (ESF) –Optimality in Bird Migration (BIRD), Israeli representative in BIRD Steering Committee.
2007 European Space Agency (ESA) – Scientific member in the leading team "System of Systems" Integrated Application Initiative on Bird Migration.

 

Participation and organization - of non-scientific study days on nature conservation and education

 

1.   Organization of 10 study days on raptor in Israel , 1980-1989. During these days 6 lectures on raptor biology were given by Yossi Leshem :

a.   The breeding biology of Bonelli’s Eagle in Israel (1980)

b.   Summary of a one-year study on the population of the Lappet-faced Vulture in Israel (1981)

c.   The biology and distribution of owls in Israel (1982)

d.   Raptor migration over Israel and their conservation problems in the Middle East (1983)

e.   Flight identification of raptors - mission possible (1984)

f.   Tracking raptors with radar and by motorized glider (1986)

 

2.   28/11/85 - Man and raptors in the Golan - co-existence?. Study day in memory of General Avraham Yoffe.

 

3.   28/4/86 - The Jordan Valley - an intercontinental axis for soaring bird migration. Study day on the Evolution of the Jordan Valley , Geology, Biology and Pre- history. Rotem, the Israel Botanical information Center , SPNI and the Hebrew University , Lecture day.

 

4.   23/10/90 - Organization of a study day in cooperation with the Minatory of Agriculture and the Fish Growers Association on Pelicans, the damage caused by them and possible solutions to the problem. Lecture: Pelican migration over Israel and preliminary thoughts on solving the problem of perdition and parasites transmitted by them.

 

5.   15/12/92 - Nature preservation and protection - the current situation. Conference on development of the Negev and Environmental Quality, Sede Boqer, Ben-Gurion University .

 

6.   14/12/93 - Israel at the turn of the century - reality or a dream? Ecology and Human Intervention Conference.

 

7.   2/3/94 - Nature protection aspects of development. Study day on development, roads and bridges.

 

8.   61 st General Assembly, Council of Jewish Federations. New York , 10-15 November 1992: Jewish Response to the Environmental Crisis.

 

9.   62 nd General Assembly, Council of Jewish Federations. Montreal , 16-21 November 1993. The Environment as Renewed Link Between Israel and the Diaspora.

 

10.   The Role of Non Governmental Organizations in Protecting the Environment. Eilat, The public Campaign to Conserve the Bible’s Heritage- birds of Prey in the Holy Land .

 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL AWARDS


1991 Israel Zoological Society outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Lecture.

1994 The Major General Yitzhak Sade Memorial Prize for Military Writing for the book "Flying with the Birds", together with Ofer Bahat.

1995 The outstanding graduate student, for the environment and the society - Nehalim Secondary School (40 Years Anniversary).

1998 Euronature Award for contribution for the protection of the environment and developing regional cooperation in the Middle East

2000 The European Nature Heritage Fund (Euronature) – the Euronature Appreciation Award "Nature Without Frontiers"

2001/5 The Website “Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries- 7 Awards:

2001 (a) The leading 2001 website of the School of Education, Tel Aviv University.

2001 (b) The Minister of Education and The Minister of Environment 2nd Award (out of 200
schools) for the 2001 Educational and Scientific Program through Ort Yad Leibovich High School, Natanya.

2002 (c) 1st Award For Environmental Website-Ynet.

2002 (d) 4th Award (out of 760 schools) of the European Community- through the Ort Carmiel High School, Carmiel

2003 (e) The Award For Special Education System (disabled) through Rina Cohen,
The Program Superintendent.

2005 (f) The Recanati Rashi Secta Award for outstanding teacher of the program in Carmiel.

2005 (g) First Prize award in the national e-learning category of the 2005 contest of World Summit Award (WSA).

2005 The 16th Mike Kuhring Award (of the International Bird Strike Committee) for giving bird strike prevention world wide appreciation


2008 Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection, The Minister for Environmental protection.

2009 Effie Award 2009, first place in the competition of marketing and advertising, The National Bird Campaign.


2009 Roaring Lion Contest of excellence in Public Relations, first place in the long-term category and the gold medal in the general contest, The National Bird Campaign.

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