The Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve and its surroundings is one of the most unspoiled areas in Lebanon, birds can live there undisturbed. Although the number of resident birds is not large, the forest is an attractive resting place for migratory birds. The gorges and mountain sides also are used by eagles, storks and pelicans as they soar on their journeys between Europe and Africa. So far, around 80 species of birds have been identified in the forest. The Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve has been declared an Important Bird Area (IBA) in 2006(A Rocha Report)