One of the finest examples is the Dana Biosphere Nature Reserve which the RSCN has managed since 1989. At 300km2, it is the largest reserve in the country. It is also a controversial spot, because copper mining companies are desperate to get digging here, yet this region is a veritable fiesta of feathered friends, with 216 species of birds, many of which are globally threatened. That’s one big gathering, given that the country boasts 331 bird species in total.
Between its mountainous plateaus that reach an elevation of 1,500m, to its low lying deserts of Wadi Dana and Wadi Araba, you will find tweeting treats such as Tristram’s starling, the Palestine sunbird and a wide variety of raptors, including Verreaux’s and Bonelli’s eagles. Come here in spring to hear the distinctive call of – and hopefully see – Hume’s owl echoing around the wadis.
It was quite moving to see the beautiful Palestinian sunbird, the national bird of Palestine, in Jordan. It was, literally, free as a bird.