Yossi Leshem in Taiwan

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Subject: Yossi Leshem in Taiwan
From: Debbie Lustig <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:10:01 +1000

Up to half a billion birds fly over Israel on their spring and autumn 
migrations. I very much doubt any fly on to southeast Asia.However, Yossi 
Leshem's work in preventing birdstrike is renowned. Since it began, Israel 
hasn't lost a single plane (yet alone human life) to this problem. Being such a 
small country, Israel really can't afford to (can anyone?); being so small, the 
opportunities for disaster are always there. To read about his work, go to and use of nestboxes 
for owls and kestrels has helped enormously with reducing pesticide use, 
something several countries are trialling, too (including Oz). It's not the 
first time anyone's tried this but it is the first project to foster peace in 
the Middle East using birds. Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian farmers now 
share knowledge and collaborate on these projects.That's what he referred to in 
the anecdote of owls from Israel and Jordan successful
 ly raising chicks.If it was sent to GH for some reason, maybe he could have 
explained why. Personally, I'd have given a short report rather than reproduce 
the whole thing. Obviously, I'm very interested in Leshem's work and was lucky 
enough to hear him on a visit in 2010. 


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