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Migrating birds winter in Israel as climate change makes desert too dangerous
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Lee Marzel AGAMON HULA, Israel (Reuters) - Climate change is turning Israel into a permanent wintering ground for some of the 500 million migrating birds that used to stop over briefly before flying on to the warm plains of Africa, Israeli experts say. "In the last few decades Israel has become more than just a short stopover because many more birds and a greater number of species can no longer cross the desert," said ornithologist Shay Agmon, avian coordinator for the wetlands park of Agamon Hula in northern Israel. Cranes are one of the most abundant species to visit the Hula wetlands and Agmon said that the number that prefer to stay in Israel until the end of March has risen from less than 1,000 in the 1950s to some 45,000 currently. read more
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