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Aqaba Bird Observatory

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It’s an artificial Special Conservation Area form an important repose area for migratory birds at the main migration route "Greater Rift Vally"

Description

The Aqaba Bird Observatory (ABO) has been established to maintain the various habitats which attract migratory birds. This artificial wetland site (hereafter referred to as ABO) which is part of an Important Bird Area is known to attract large numbers of migratory water birds, raptors and passerines especially during spring and autumn migration. The site with an area of around 0.6 km² lies at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, along a major migration bottleneck between Eurasia and Africa. Although man-made, this site became extremely important for migratory birds since it replaced natural habitats migratory birds previously depended on. The ABO is situated at the north-western border of Aqaba city (29° 34’ 25” N, 34° 59’ 03” E). It lies in the Rift Valley near the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba just above sea level in a flat arid region. The ABO is located between Africa, Sinai and the Arabian Peninsula in the south and Eurasia in the north along one of the most important Eurasian – African bird migration flyways. The ABO includes a variety of artificial and natural habitats. Much of the site’s area (c. 0.5 - 0.6 Km²) is taken by large cement evaporation ponds with effluent water, and a considerable part is planted with a variety of mostly alien trees and short vegetation areas. The ABO is managing by the Royal Society for the Conservation (www.rscn.org.jo) of Nature as one of the important area for birds.

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