Hula Lake Park Wins International Recognition

BBC Wildlife, a British nature magazine featuring articles on important international nature sites, has declared the Hula Lake Park as one of the most important photography and observation sites in the world. 

In 2009, the BBC Wildlife magazine selected twenty outstanding sites throughout the world where tourists can photograph and observe nature.  The choices were made by 300 experts around the globe including scientists, photographers and television producers.  KKL-JNF's Hula Lake Park was ranked ninth out of the twenty selected sites.

In the article, Neil Benway, a Scottish photographer, considered amongst the best and most popular nature photographers in Great Britain described his experience at the Hula Lake - while seated in the midst of a flock of 15,000 cranes - as "an experience of a lifetime."  Benway has seen, observed and photographed many amazing sites throughout the world.

Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

The site that was ranked first place was the large animal migration route that extends from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya.  Nonetheless, the gathering of grizzly bears in Denali, a hypnotic site of untamed nature at its best, was ranked after Hula Lake.

A survey conducted by Globes in cooperation with Google revealed that the Hula Lake Internet site is the fourth most popular search item in the category of tourism in Israel.

Friends of KKL-JNF worldwide particularly from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Switzerland supporting Hula Lake, have played a significant part in the international importance of the site.  They have enabled not only the restoration of the site but also new cycling routes, crane lookout points overlooking the lake, construction of ecological sanitation, establishment of tourist services for the thousands of visitors to the site in addition to ongoing research in ringing and bird migration.

A rare bird has recently arrived at the Hula Lake: the Demoiselle Crane, belonging to the crane family, has been spotted at the KKL-JNF Hula Lake among the gray cranes at the feeding area.  The Demoiselle is smaller and more beautiful than the gray cranes, with a unique and colorful plumage.  It nests in central Asia as far north as Pakistan.  Unlike the gray cranes, the Demoiselle keeps a safe distance and scavenges for its food at the edges of the large flock.

An international arts festival initiated by KKL-JNF and the ISPN was held at the Hula Lake from 6th to 15th March in 2009, attended by dozens of artists from Israel and abroad. The festival will feature crafts workshops, tours, lectures, special guides for the public and meetings with the artists themselves.