Jonathan Meyrav

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Jonathan Meyrav’s interest in birds began at the age of 10, and by age 12 he was the youngest member of a junior birders’ club. At 14 Jonathan earned his banding license and began participating in elaborate monitoring projects in Israel. As an environmental studies student at Ben Gurion College, Jonathan fell in love with the desert and desert birding, and would spend entire days monitoring migrants and taking part in surveys and research programs. Jonathan has traveled the world extensively, from the African grasslands to the Amazon jungles and the frozen Canadian tundra. To date, he has seen more than 3,000 birds across 25 countries. He has intimate knowledge of southern Israel’s birds, and his ability to lead tours in English, French, Spanish, or Hebrew is incomparable. Today, Jonathan is the most experienced birding tour leader in Israel, with sharp identification skills and a keen interest in desert birds, migration, and vagrancy patterns. He spends the migration seasons where the birds do, in Eilat in the spring and Northern Israel in the fall and winter. Since 2010 Jonathan has served as the Tourism Director of the Israeli Ornithological Center (IOC). He spends around 70 days a year guiding foreign birdwatchers, donors, and birding tour groups. In recent years Jonathan and his team have developed several large scale international events: the Hula and Eilat Birding Festivals and several seminars around bird conservation. Jonathan is the coordinator of the new and exciting project “The Champions of the Flyway,” an international bird-a-thon that raises funds and awareness against the illegal killing of birds along the flyways.