Balmy weather draws over 200,000 to nature reserves

Saturday’s spring weather brought more than 200,000 visitors to nature reserves, parks and forests, according to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Jewish National Fund. Some came to see wildflowers in bloom and others to special events on wetlands arranged by the parks authority.

On Sunday, the weather will do an about-face, bringing rain through Wednesday and snow on Mount Hermon and Galilee peaks and sandstorms and haze in the south. The Water Authority expects a considerable rise in Lake Kinneret due to increased flow through northern streams.

The Jewish National Fund said an estimated 150,000 visitors came to its forests yesterday, tens of thousands to see the red anemones blooming in forests in the Be’eri area of the northern Negev.

In the north, thousands of visitors came to Lake Agmon in the Hula Valley and to the Birya Forest and Ein Zeitim near Safed. In the center, the Ben Shemen Forest was full of hikers as were forests around Jerusalem.

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority said visitors flocked to Ein Afek Nature Reserve near Acre, to attend programs as part of international wetland awareness events. Similar activities were held at Yarkon National Park, where the focus was on frog conservation.


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