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Different flight paths benefit birds, jets: expert - Winnipeg Free Press

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Dr. Yossi Leshem, a renowned ornithologist from Israel who is in Manitoba this weekend speaking about his work with birds and conservation at FortWhyte Alive on Sunday and Oak Hammock Marsh on Monday.
Imagine if birds could be saved from possible extinction just by flying airplanes on an altered schedule.

 

Dr. Yossi Leshem, a renowned ornithologist, made this happen in his home country of Israel. He will be in Manitoba this weekend as a guest of the International Jewish Fund of Canada, to talk about this and other conservation innovations based on his 38 years of research.

 

Through Leshem's work with the Israeli air force, there has been a 76 per cent reduction in collisions of birds with aircraft since 1984.

 

He said Israel is located at the junction of three continents -- Europe, Asia and Africa -- and includes the Great Rift Valley, which is a corridor for over 500 million migrating birds two times every year.

 

"It's one billion birds every year, so the air force has had many collisions with the birds. In our research, we were able to find when are they coming, what height, what route, and they stopped flying there," said Leshem in a telephone interview. "We succeeded to reduce the collisions by 76 per cent and saved them (the Israeli air force) over one billion dollars."

 

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/different-flight-paths-benefit-birds-jets-expert-213463621.html

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