Situation in Israel slightly improved
After discussions with colleagues in Israel over the weekend, the situation in the Hula Valley has improved slightly. The number of cranes that have contracted and died from bird flu has decreased significantly in recent days.
Fortunately, the effects on other species have also been limited so far: Apart from a few kestrels and a buzzard, hardly any birds of prey were affected - this was what was feared (apart from the dramatic situation with cranes). Because not only cranes use the Hula Valley in Israel as a wintering ground: Pelicans or the rare imperial and greater spotted eagles can also be observed there in large numbers. It's still too early to give the all-clear, but we're hoping for the best!