My name is Adam Rosenfeld, I am 17 years old, and I live in Jerusalem, Israel. My interest in birds began when I was a small kid, maybe four or five years old, when doing nature hikes with my mother. I did my first research on birds when I was in first grade. It was about the structure of the feathers of different birds. I still keep it in my drawer. As a child, we used to go birdwatching several times a year at the Hula Lake and at the fish ponds and nature reserve at Kibbutz Maagan Michael, near the beach. It is in these sites where I became familiar with herons, cranes, pelicans, kingfishers, gulls, and so many other species, and where I first learned about the migration flyways.
Later on I became especially interested in birds of prey, particularly the Short-toed Eagle, the Golden Eagle, and the Osprey and I followed these birds at several sites in Israel. When I was in 9th grade I joined the Jerusalem Zoo’s youth movement and shortly after began to work as a volunteer at the Zoo’s birds’ department. During 10th grade I spent most of my free time volunteering there, especially at the birds of prey exhibit, where we have different species of eagles, the biblical vulture (at risk of extinction) and more. Now at 11th grade, I continue to volunteer on weekends and also work there as a part time job.
In recent months I go birding almost every day at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory. I come there early in the morning and wait for the birds. I cannot wait for the Champions of the Flyway; it is such a great opportunity to watch the birds and, of course, to help save the vultures of Africa.