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On Sunday Israeli naturalists counted 13,260 cranes who arrived in the north on the first pit stop of the season during their annual migration to the African continent for the winter, although some of them prefer to stay in Israel for the season.

Cinematographer Inbar Shlomit Rubin was there to film the breathtaking sight.


The Israel Ornithological Center is the standard-bearer in working with farmers, nature protection groups, tourism organizations and government ministries on a ‘Crane Project’ in the Hula Valley to preserve farmland from suffering damage as a result of the cranes’ voracious appetites and heavy traffic in the fields.

The project, launched in 1999, combines protection of the fields during the winter months, allowing the cranes to feed in some of the agricultural fields during the autumn months, and then providing food for them in the center of the Hula Valley during the winter, according to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.