Every autumn and spring, half a billion birds of about 280 species pass over the Levant, including Palestine, Israel and Jordan, migrating between northern Europe to eastern and southern Africa.
Special Event: "Bird Migration Knows No Boundaries"
Speaker: Global Environmentalist Imad al-Atrash, Middle East Global Councilor, Bird Life International; Founder and Executive Director, Palestine Wildlife Society; Founder, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Beit Sahour; and Wildlife Photographer
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122 Map
Church contact: (216) 751-2320
Parking: enter from Belvoir Oval
A light reception of Middle Eastern foods will be included.
Description: Every autumn and spring, half a billion birds of about 280 species pass over the Levant, including Palestine, Israel and Jordan, migrating between northern Europe to eastern and southern Africa. Imad will also discuss flora, fauna, and water.
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This program is hosted by the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland Ministry for Earth Committee, the Plymouth Green Committee at the Plymouth Church UCC in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, the Kirtland Bird Club and Jewish Voice for Peace. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is the Media Sponsor.
- For questions about the program, send your email here
- For media inquiries contact: Juries Atrash, Mentor, OH at (347) 453-0388
Background Descriptive for Imad Al-Atrash, Director, Palestine Wildlife Society
Imad Al-Atrash whose educational background includes degrees in Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Education, has worked in environmental protection in the West Bank for over three decades. Atrash is also a nature photographer. He is a member of various international environmental organizations including the Ornithological Society for the Middle East-UK, Birdlife International-UK, OISCA-Japan, Palestine Chapter; International Union for Conservation of Nature; Global Council for Birdlife International; National Protected Areas in Committee and the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, among others.
In his capacity as Global Councilor of Bird Life International (www.birdlife.org) Imad is in charge of a joint program of activities for the Middle East, which includes implementing an exchange of data collection on wildlife with a focus on birds and the migratory routes, or flyways, from Europe to Africa through the Middle East and the Important Bird Areas (IBA’s) which are the areas used as feeding and resting sites for migrating birds.
The Palestine Wildlife Society, founded in 1999 and based in the town of Beit Sahour, Palestine, believes education is an essential element to achieve environmental and sustainable outcomes. To that end, the PWLS seeks to raise awareness and educate Palestinians about the importance of conservation.
One of the results of its success has been the inclusion of environmental studies in the Palestinian national education curriculum. PWLS is also part of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Palestine in conjunction with the Ministry of Environmental Affairs.
The Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS) is a Palestinian non-profit NGO involved in conservation research and education within Palestinian society and the region. Founded by environmentalist Imad Atrash, the PWLS seeks to conserve and enhance Palestinian biodiversity & wildlife.
PWLS objectives include:
- Conservation and management of native species and habitats
- Monitoring and promoting important bird areas
- Education and promotion of wildlife and nature
- Work with local communities in conservation, sustainable development and eco-tourism.
Learn more about the Palestine Wildlife Society here.
We gratefully recognize the following collaborating organizations: Palestine Wildlife Society, BirdLife International, First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Plymouth Church UCC, Shaker Heights, Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, Kirtland Bird Club and Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society