As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 17 August 2014

Jabalna Festival goes all out for the birds

6th August 2014 
BEIRUT: Bird-watching ranks as one of the country’s most popular pastimes, if you count those looking through the sight of a rifle.

“Birds are very important in Lebanon because it’s on one of the most important migration corridors in the world for birds. But all the bird [species] coming through Lebanon are being killed,” said Yola Noujaim, an organizer of the annual, eco-focused Jabalna Festival, which has themed this year’s activities around protecting our feathery friends.

“The old hunters, they know what time they can hunt and what they can hunt. But this new generation ... the iPhone generation, they know really nothing about birds. They take a gun, they go with their parents and they kill anything.”

Around 600 million birds migrate through Lebanon every fall and spring. While a few local ecologists and amateur bird-watchers wait for peak seasons to tally species from the ordinary to the rare and unusual, hunters are looking to catch more than a mere sighting.

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