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“Slice of Nature in the middle of Jerusalem”

The Jerusalem Bird Observatory
Ranked #162 of 316 things to do in Jerusalem
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This research and eco-tourism project educates visitors on Jerusalem's avian environment and involves them in fun and exciting ringing activities.
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Loved this place! Even if you are not a birder, its worth a little trip. Conveniently located in Sachar Park near the knesset, You enter off of Rothschild just south of the Old Cemetary. Currently there is construction, and you walk down stairs from the street with construction material all around you. I got to it by walking from the centre of town up through Sachar park. Took me 10 minutes.

I was there early - just after dawn. It is basically a couple of huts with benches and wooden blinds you can close leaving just a slit for observation. The walls are covered in bird posters with their names - in Hebrew.

I sat quietly for over an hour watching various birds visit the feeders, stream, and pool. I was there alone for most of the time. It was very relaxing and I wish I could have stayed longer. Good place to see some of the regular Jerusalem birds and, if you are lucky, something rarer.

Definitely worth a stop.

2  Thank Oniedz
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Park N 31.77983deg, E035.20512deg and walk down the steps (past some graves) and over to the right. Call to find out when the observatory personnel band birds. Sit in the blind (so the birds do not feel your presence) observation area. Have personnel show you how they catch (and release) the birds. Being there it defies the imagination that you are in a major city.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We would like to recommend our birding guide Dr. Carmel Zitronblat (carmelbirdingtours.com) for his professional guidance during our trip to Israel. His love of birds is evident in his impressive knowledge base, his spotting/identifying skills, and in the patient and informative manner he led us around the birding hotspots in and around Eilat.

Dr. ZItronblat also invited us to see the wonderful banding program at the Jerusalem Birding Observatory. Our boys really enjoyed being a part of the band and release program at the JBO.

We’ve been birding in many places throughout the world, and Israel is certainly on our list of favorites!

Thank khinsh
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

Adjacent to Israel's Parliament building (the Knesset) in the heart of the city lies this paradisaical refuge for native and migrating birds - and for people. Whether you're touring Jerusalem or live here, the JBO is not to be missed! Every morning ornithologists net, band, measure and release birds - and you can watch them close up (and hear the bird species name and a bit of explanation about each one) in the bird ringing center - and even release a bird yourself - pretty magical. Attached to the bird ringing center is the bird hide (also known as a bird blind) from which you can comfortably check out birds bathing in the pond or nibbling on peanuts strung to a tree, without disturbing the birds yourself. Across the way is the Gutman Visitor Center, featuring amazing movie shorts revealing Jerusalem's wildlife wandering through the urban nature that continues to provide habitat, nature-based art exhibits, a gift shop and more. The JBO offers all kinds of workshops and events which are usually free or at a nominal cost - and you can plant a tree there any time of year, by arrangement. Trees planted are chosen according to usefulness to the various species of bird visitors, and do in fact add to the sanctuary substantially - you can see how the natural haven has been created by tree planters before you the moment you enter the area.

Have you seen the Bulbul or the Hoopoe (Israel's national bird!) while wandering Jerusalem? I have - and I recognize these birds and other native and migrating species thanks to random strangers in the bird hide, who will name the birds for you or lend you their binoculars - and from the excellent JBO guides.

I have visited the JBO during every season, every month, for many years, as have hundreds of regular volunteers - you can only discover why people keep coming back (like an addiction) by seeing for yourself, but I have to give credit to the truly charming staff and volunteers, who give amazing tours in several languages every week. Thousands of schoolchildren come every month, families, photographers, artists and tourists come to glimpse something special or to relax in the chillest oasis amidst bustling and loud Jerusalem. Here you will find a bit of tranquility, learn something new, and see something first-hand that you'll be thinking about with a smile for the rest of the week.

The Jerusalem Bird Observatory is a project of the non-profit Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, is completely free to visit, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

5  Thank MichelleLevine
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