Flying in Peace with the Birds

Natural Sciences

Prof. Yossi Leshem
Tel Aviv University, Israeli Air Force, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

Over 500 million birds migrate through the skies of Israel twice a year, and sometimes collide with Israeli Air Force planes. The researcher mapped the precise migration routes, heights and arrival dates of the birds for the fi­rst time ever, using radar, a motorized glider, drones and a network of birdwatchers, and made possible the planning of alternate air routes. The research led to a 76% reduction in collisions, sparing avian life and saving over an estimated one billion dollars.