Meet the team


Up until recently, Itai Shanni has been the Israel Ornithological Centre - Eilat & Arava regional coordinator. Since January 2014 Itai has opened Alaemon Birding and he is working to promote bird and habitat conservation throughout this area and as a very experienced field surveyor, was incharge of the monitoring scheme for the IOC in the region, Today Itai is coordinator of the environmental issues and the Ecologist of the Eilot county (where most of out birding is done anyway...) 
Itai's passion for birds has took him to Africa, where he used to reside and now he also acts as a member of the East African Rarities Committee. Other than birds and Africa, Itai has grown a real passion for Odonata watching and he is always happy to get others into the subject. 



Avi Meir, a seasoned sailor and windsurfer, works as a teacher at the Nautical sports Centre in Eilat. For a long time he has been interested in wildlife and the outdoors. During the last few years, Avi got involved in wildlife photography and being a very highly motivated person and a great autodidact, he has become one of Israel's top bird photographers specializing in the Eilat area. Avi is very interested in the pelagic species at the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba and recently has become a coordinator, together with Mr. Mars Muusse (the Netherlands), of the White-eyed Gull pages at the Gull Research Group.




Over the years, many have contributed to this blog namely: Re'a Shaish who also co-founded it with me, Yotam Lenhardt, Shachar Shalev and many volunteers who came to the IBRCE as well. We are always looking forward for more cooperation and hope that some of these contributors will keep on sending their posts in the future as well.

Together and apart we enjoy birding and the great desert habitats of Eilat and the Arava, as well as the great pelagic outings in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba.