Migrating birds fly over in Beirut, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Each year, 35,000 to 50,000 stork couples return to Poland, a board member of Poland's Grupa EkoLogiczna (Ecological Group), told The Daily Star by email."Government and non-governmental organizations alike spend vast amounts of money to protect this species in Poland".Nests are repaired, injured birds are taken care of and the storks are banded to monitor their migration. Liban, as well as the Lebanon Eco Movement, a network of 60 Lebanese nonprofit organizations, to conduct studies and find ways to protect the species.A campaign calling for the safe passage of the stork to parts of Europe, particularly Poland, was launched by T.E.R.R.E. Hunting any animal at all was banned in Lebanon in 1994 .Storks are soaring birds, requiring thermal air currents to fly.Instead of hunting storks, Abi Rached said, their migration should be an occasion for "the most beautiful ecotourism in Lebanon".
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