The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has announced the finding of a rare species of toad, the Syrian spadefoot, in a pool near Kibbutz Ga’ash on the coastal plain. This species, known to experts as Pelobates syriacus, has not been seen in the region for nearly 25 years and its return has been attributed to improved ecological conditions.
Israel Today staff and the people of Israel celebrated the Tu Bishvat holiday by planting trees. The Jewish National Fund reported that a record 600,000 trees were planted over the holiday. Israel Today joined over 260 cities, towns and communities throughout Israel and hundreds of thousands of Israelis participated throughout the country to make the record possible.