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News in Photos: Isis releases photos of the northern bald Ibis in Palmyra

Isis releases photos of the Northern Bald Ibis in Palmyra — the last surviving colony in the Middle East. The Northern Bald Ibis may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say. A tiny breeding colony of the northern bald ibis – a critically endangered species – was found near the city in …

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News in Photos: Storks Migrate in Peace in Bekaa Valley – by Maher Ousta

The most important migration corridor is the Bekaa Rift Valley in the east of the country. This is the continuation of the Jordan Rift Valley and its fertile fields and extensive wetlands are used every year as a stopover for millions of migrant birds on passage. Embedded between the Mount Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon Mountains the valley is only a few …

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News in Photos: Unusual Friendship Boy And Bird

Cats and dogs have been some of mankind’s best friends from the animal kingdom since ancient times, but under special circumstances, close and loving friendships can form between us and other wild animals. Such is the case with Vadim Veligurov, a 12-year-old boy in Russia who befriended a wild sparrow. Vadim and the sparrow, named Adi, have been inseparable ever …

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News in Photos: Armenian needle work in Hima Anjar

These pictures were taken in the meeting that was held with the women group of Anjar who are working on Armenian needle work to raise awareness on globally endangered species through the guidance of SPNL design expert Sara Richani. SPNL has been reviving this traditional approach to match the needs of the present societies for sustainable development. The women empowerment …

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News in Photos: Media Visit to Hima Anjar and Kafarzabed

Hima Anjar and Hima Kafarzabed offer peaceful respites for exploring the wetland, forest, cooling off in streams, watching wildlife and participating in educational adventures. While every nature center around Lebanon harbors secret treasures and abundant wonders, exploring is made all the better when admission is free! SPNL orgainzed a media visit to the wonderful Hima, among the visitors were Journalist …

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Al Dichar site, a unique micro reserve for Iris Sofarana

Iris Sofarana is an endemic species of Mount Lebanon, which means it only naturally occurs in Mount Lebanon. It grows only on  a low herbaceous vegetarian and rocky slopes in mountainous regions between 1300 and 1700 meters of altitude. It was first described by Sir Michael Foster in 1889, an English physiologist with specimens collected around the village of Sofar. …

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2015 CEPF Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 CEPF Photo Contest! These striking images celebrate the people, species and ecosystems that CEPF supports through its grants to civil society organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas. They also include images of nature-based solutions to climate change, representing work by CEPF grantees to build climate resilience …

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Farmer in Harmony with the White Stork in West Bekaa, Lebanon

A good sign that Lebanese farmers are becoming more friendly with White Stork, these pictures in West Bekaa shows farmer working in his land and near him the storks are resting after a long migrating journey . The diverse organizations, such as local citizen groups, environmental NGOs, government, and private sector organizations should work in close cooperation to revitalize nature …

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News in Photos: Hima KfarZabad cleaning day

Hima Kfar Zabad local conservation group organized a cleaning day in collaboration with Hima Anjar local conservation group. The collaboration between the two neighboring Himas is a good examples of how local groups can improve the performance and management of the sites.  

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SPNL Volunteer Monitoring Migrating Cranes in USA

Ghazi Rifai, SPNL volunteer took the initiative to monitor migrating cranes while refueling in his front yard, for their long journey between south and North America. Last year Ghazi sent us a picture while he was feeding the cranes.  This year the Cranes came back with a couple of fledglings birdie Cranes. Lead by ornithologist Nabil Khairallah , SPNL team documented over …

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