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'Cranes Restaurant' Opens at Hula Lake'

Contact: Jodi Bodner • JNF Director of Communications • 212-879-9305 ext. 221 •

pr cranesJanuary 31, 2006 New York, NY -- The feeding of the tens of thousands of cranes who visit the Hula Lake in the Upper Galilee at this time of year, began this week.

The “restaurant” is located on the crane’s migration route. About 30,000 cranes pass over Israel during the autumn and winter months on their way to warmer countries. As a result of the excellent conditions at Hula Lake, about 15,000 of them remain in the region for the entire season. In the past, this caused extensive damage to the Hula Valley’s agricultural products that had been planted at the beginning of winter; it was what the cranes fed on.

To prevent the damage, Jewish National Fund-Keren- Kayemeth LeIsrael and the Bird Watching Center of the Society for the Protection of Nature, in conjunction with local farmers and the Nature and Parks Authority, initiated the cranes feeding project.

So what does the menu have to offer? The meal includes about two hundred tons of corn meal scattered over an area of more than 700 dunams. The menu seems to have received especially good reviews in the crane restaurant guidebooks, as evidenced by the fact that the restaurant became a big hit. About 90% of the cranes prefer taking their meals in this region rather than in the agricultural fields, so the damage to the crops has been stopped.

According to Mr. Zvika Eilon of the Northern Region, the feeding project provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to the lake to view the tens of thousands of cranes close up, while at the same time allows the farmers to continue working their fields.

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