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HOMAT ALHIMA FOR THE ARCHIPELAGOS OF TRIPOLI

Lebanese city Tripoli, holds a string of four small islands offshore (ARCHIPELAGOS). The Palm Islands were declared a protected area because of their status of haven for endangered loggerhead turtles (Chelona mydas), rare monk seals and migratory birds. Several globally threatened bird species such as Audouin’s Gull, Dalmatian Pelican, and Corncrake can be observed here. The reserve has been designated …

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News in Photos: The common myna is a threat to native birds

By Fouad Itani The common myna (Acridotheres tristis) is a  large stocky starling from the Sturnidae family. It measures 23 cm in length, with a wingspan of 40 cm, and an average weight of 120 g. The common myna has a chocolate brown body, a black glossy hood and a yellow patch behind the eye. It has white patches on the wings which …

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Roman Sidonian Glass Flask with Birds and Butterflies

    “From this point we must go back to the coast and to Phoenicia. There was formerly a town called Crocodilon, and there is still a river of that name…Then comes Cape Carmel…Next are Getta, Geba, and the river Pacida or Belus…Close to this river is Ptolemais…Next Tyre, once an island separated from the mainland by a very deep …

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Storks fly over Lebanon

  Storks fly over the town of Faitroun, North East of the capital Beirut, on April 3, 2016. Patrick BAZ / AFP

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News in Photos: Farmer stops traffic taking his 5,000 ducks for a walk to the local pond

A Chinese farmer caused chaos on the roads when he ducked out to feed his flock of 5,000. Hong brought streets in the eastern city of Taizhou to a standstill when, accompanied by a colleague, he took his animals to a pond. Armed with nothing but a cane, he guided his feathered friends three quarters of a mile as part of an …

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News in Photos: The Evergreen Lebanon’s Forests

Forests are one of Lebanon’s most important natural assets. They have many uses and provide a range of valuable products and benefits. They offer not only environmental protection but also income and livelihood options for forest-dependent communities. Forests provide essential services such as carbon sequestration, shade, beautification, erosion control, and soil fertility; their trees can provide essential products such as …

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News in Photos: Hima Anjar

Hima Aanjar was announced in 2008, it constitutes of wetlands, agricultural/forest lands, and the Western Anti-Lebanon Mountains. This area has a variety of important globally threatened species such as Syrian Serin bird, turtles, Common Otter, and swamp cats; in addition to its distinctive flora.

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News in Photos: Transhumance in Sghar, Batroun

Examples of fixed transhumance are found in the North Governorate of Lebanon. Some settlements, like Sghar in Batroun, are used during summer periods from beginning of June till mid-October. Inhabitants move in October to coastal towns situated at an average of 200 meters above sea level. The transhumance is motivated by agricultural activities (historically by the mulberry silkworm culture). The …

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News in Photos: A woodpecker and a whole

A woodpecker sits at an entrance to a whole on October 11, 2015 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO

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News in Photos: The Cranes Journey

Cranes fly on October 11, 2015 over Linum, Germany. AFP PHOTO / DPA / RALF HIRSCHBERGER.

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