Aqaba Bird Observatory
The green areas of Aqaba, particularly the relatively dense vegetation and open ponds at the waste water treatment plant, attract hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of migratory birds every spring and autumn comprised of more than 350 different species. Migratory birds flying from Europe to Africa in autumn visit suitable habitats in the region to make final preparations for the long journey across the Sahara desert. In the spring, migrants tend to land at any suitable habitat in the region, Aqaba being the first station they encounter after a long journey over the deserts of North Africa.
The Jordanian Society for Sustainable Development (JSSD) began the establishment of protected areas in Aqaba, in cooperation with
the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and the Aqaba Water Company. The Aqaba Bird Observatory is responsible for
the monitoring and protection of the birds, and the JSSD set up a centre for visitors and
a research centre at the Observatory.
A Visitors' Centre
was constructed with an education room to implement the educational and awareness programs. The observatory has a research facility that will be used as a research centre.
Walking trails in the observatory will lead to the
bird's hide, the major spot for watching birds. In addition, the observatory
includes a nature garden that educates visitors about the native plants found in
the Aqaba area and will support resident birds that depend on such habitats.