Lecture: Bird Migrations Know No Boundaries

Thu, September 15, 2016 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents:

Bird Migrations Know No Boundaries
Lecture and Illustration by Imad Atrash, Executive Director of the Palestine Wildlife Society

Suggested Contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors

Doors open at 6:30pm

Imad Atrash, Founder and Executive Director of the Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS), will discuss the importance of sustainable development, conservation and enhancement of biodiversity and wildlife in Palestine. Thinking globally and acting locally, the Society was established to educate and aware Palestinians to identify and to know the characteristics of migratory birds and native species and understand the habitat they need to survive and thrive.
Despite of the Israeli-Palestinan conflict, Atrash argues that the speed of environmental degradation is alarming, thus the ecosystem should not be relegated to the back burner. Consequently, Palestinians like every community on earth has to nurture its lands and wildlife now otherwise it may be too late.

About the speaker:

Imad Atrash studied agriculture, biology and environmental in college in Palestine. He has worked in environmental protection in the West Bank for over three decades. He is a member of several international environmental organizations including the Ornithological Society for the Middle East-UK, Birdlife International-UK, OISCA-Japan, Palestine Chapter; International Union for Conservation of Nature; Global Council for Birdlife International; National Protected Areas in Committee and the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture. As the Global Councilor of Bird Life International, Atrash's responsibility is to monitor birds' migratory routes, flyways, from Europe to Africa through the Middle East and also oversees the areas they feed and rest along their destination. Imad Atrash also founded a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Beit Fahour. This sanctuary takes care of small animals and birds until they revive and are released back into the wild. Atrash will show photos of this project.

>The Palestine Wildlife Society was founded in 1999, in the town of Beit Sahour, Palestine. Its mission is to raise awareness and educate Palestinians the importance of wildlife conservation. One of the Society's successes has been the inclusion of environmental studies in the Palestinian national education curriculum. Another accomplishment was that it collaborated with Ministry of Environmental Affairs on National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Palestine. For more information on PWLS clickhere.

Last updated: 2016-09-07 14:56:14

Imad Atrash
Imad Atrash

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