About Festival 2017

The Hula Valley Bird Festival is an initiative of the Israel Ornithological Center of the SPNI. The festival aims to highlight the fantastic birding opportunities Northern Israel and the Hula Valley in particular have to offer.


All Festival tours are led by the best tour leaders in the country, each with an intimate knowledge of the area and birds.

The festival week offers an elaborate Birdwatching program that incorporates the best sites in the Hula Valley including the famous Mobile Hide, ringing demonstrations and more.  


During the week we will also head further afield to the best sites in Northern Israel; Mount Hermon and the Golan, The Bet-Shean Valley, the Mediterranean coast and the Sea of Galilee.


The past 4 festivals have yielded impressive lists of birds and great mammals, check out previous summaries and checklists to get a feel for the event.


Check out the birding tour program for more information on the tours and the Negev weekend.


The festival is based at the excellent Pastoral Hotel in Kfar Blum at the heart of the Hula Valley and the wonderful Ramon Inn in Mitzpe Ramon. All festival packages are on a half board basis.

Following productive days in the field, festival visitors are welcome to enjoy evening presentations and drinks at the hotel conference halls.


Finally, we thank you for choosing the festival. We are sure you will enjoy the week and gather memories (and birds) that you will take with you for a long time.

We would like to remind you that the Israel Ornithological Center is a nonprofit organization and as such, all profits from the festival go directly to conservation. The success of the Hula Valley Bird Festival and other similar events translate into valuable funds for research and conservation of birds in Israel.





See you in the field

The festival staff

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