Articles by the Chief Scientist Staff

Sampling Winter Ponds
By: The Chief Scientist's Unit

Monitoring winter ponds is a fairly serious business, and what in the past was called a "winter puddle" has been upgraded to the level of a "pond" because of the importance of these seasonal water sources both for animals and plants and for humans. This year, during routine monitoring, KKL-JNF workers encountered two very surprising friends, "swimming lengths" in the Hodaya winter pond, not far from Ashkelon.
Tweeting, but Not on Twitter: The Birdwatching Groups of KKL-JNF Wings (Kanfei Kakal)
By: Yaron Charka, KKL-JNF's Chief Ornithologist

If you have a soft spot for birds and a great love of nature, the KKL-JNF Wings birdwatching groups offer children and adults contact with the outdoors that will make you happy as a lark. From the anatomy of birds to identifying the special birdsong of each species – this activity will cause you to spread your wings to the world of wonderful creatures, which are an inspiration for all of us.

We’ve Become Acclimatized: KKL-JNF’s New Climate Center

By: Lior Gottesman-Fischer

Once "climate change" was perceived as a distant, vague concept, which was considered important only by "tree-huggers," whereas today reality has set in and proves that the climate changes taking place in the world are very real and critical for all of us. In view of this, the establishment of KKL-JNF's climate center was only a matter of time.

A Green Accelerator on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee

By: The Chief Scientist's Unit

The KKL-JNF–Kinneret double accelerator – collaboration between Kinneret Innovation Center (KIC) and KKL-JNF – accelerates students and graduates and also startups that want to do good for the planet, by means of grants, professional assistance and many tools that help northern entrepreneurs to color our lives green.

Live and Let Eat: Animal Feed, Biological Diversity, Extreme Climate and a Unique Research Station

By: Prof. Marcelo Sternberg

Prof. Marcelo Sternberg carries out experiments on the impact of extreme drought on different crops, in order to ensure that the future pasture will have sufficient fodder to satisfy grazing animals and that bees will have enough nectar from flowers. In the field laboratory that he manages in the Judean Mountains with the support of KKL-JNF, he examines the effects of drought on plants and animals and on the diet of Israeli sheep and goats hundreds of years from now.

Springing Into Action: Next Summer You’ll Paddle With Salamanders

By: Dr. Orit Skotelsky

A giant ball of thorns crossing an empty desert road in the east wind of the wilderness – there is no doubt that this is the arid image of Israel among many people who have never visited our beautiful country. Indeed, Israel is an arid country with wide stretches of desert, and our forests are a kind of big wood in the eyes of a European tourist. But little Israel is rich in varied forms of scenery, and although the desert image is not totally unfounded, it has much green to offer. No less than 200 springs, both large and small, emanate in KKL-JNF forests.

How Do Tiberias and Zfat Prove That Our Future Depends on Trees?

By: KKL-JNF's Chief Scientist, Dr. Doron Markel

It's a fact: the forests of the Sea of Galilee's basin balance the carbon dioxide emissions of the residents of Tiberias and Zfat. In view of the data, the best thing Israel can do for itself is to treat itself to more forested areas. An article that honors trees and wetlands.

Not Science Fiction: What Do Migrating Cranes at the Hula Lake Have to Do With Laser Rays?

By: Yaron Charka, KKL-JNF's Chief Ornithologist

The 21st century is here, and KKL-JNF uses advanced technology to protect the environment. The case of the migrating cranes is a shining example.