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Plant Trees and Protect Wildlife: An Activity from the Jerusalem Bird Observatory

When you enter the Land of Israel, you shall plant all kinds of trees for food… (Leviticus 19:23)

At the Jerusalem Bird Observatory they plant fruit trees for Tu B'Shvat. The fruit from these trees will provide an important source of food for both migrating and resident birds and local wildlife such as gazelles and porcupines.

You can do your own tree-planting project! Start a tzedakah fund for wildlife at your synagogue or school. In the spring, use the money to plant fruit or flowering trees in the yard of your synagogue or school or at a nearby nature center. Call your local nature center for ideas of appropriate plants for your area and for ideas of where to plant the trees. You can also send a donation to the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and they will plant a tree in your honor and send you a photograph.

The Jerusalem Bird Observatory is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Jerusalem on the grounds of the Knesset. The goals of the organization are research into birds and bird migration, preservation of open green space in Jerusalem, environmental education and community advocacy. They work to foster cooperation between Jews, Christians and Muslims toward the common goal of preservation of the natural environment in the region. For more information, check out the Jerusalem Bird Observatory’s website.

Type: Class Activity

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