Owls and rodents know nothing about national borders. Neither do wind, water or chemical runoff from pesticides. No walls, border checks or security forces can keep them in or out. On the tension-filled national borders of Israel, Jordan and Palestine, a new sustainable agriculture project involving barn owls is finding common ground.
Professor Yossi Leshem is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University and is the founder and Director of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration at Latrun, Israel. He also has masterminded the distribution of barn owls to Israeli and Arab farmers to reduce rodents. He joins us now Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone from Tel Aviv along with Josie Glausiusz, a freelance journalist writing for Nature.