Israeli ornithologist Prof. Yossi Leshem was recently named the recipient of Germany's prestigious Bruno H. Schubert Foundation Award for excellence in natural sciences, Ynet has learned.
Leshem, the founder and director of Latrun's International Center for the Study of Bird Migration, and a professor with Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology, was honored for his contributions to the research and preservation of birds in Israel.
The Bruno H. Schubert Award, which is presented in Frankfurt, includes a €25,000 grant intended to "encourage further scientific and environmental activity."
Leshem, 65, is the laureate of the 2008 Environmental Protection Ministry's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), in which Leshem has played an active role for over 25 years – welcomed the announcement, saying that Leshem has been "A driving force in promoting ornithology in Israel.