Champions Of The Flyway 2020 – STEPPE UP FOR EAGLES!
Will you be a Flyway Champion and help save Steppe Eagles? DONATE HERE!
Champions of the Flyway is now a well known fund- and awareness-raising event in global birding and conservation circles. Since our humble beginnings back in 2014, we’ve raised over $500,000 for bird conservation, mainly for projects tackling the illegal killing of birds migrating along the flyways. Over the past six years we’ve shed light on the many challenging issues migratory birds face, helping seven different Birdlife International partners in their ongoing struggle against the slaughter of migrants on the ground.
In 2020, Champions of the Flyway is spreading its wings once again, and answering a call from the wilds of Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan – the call of the majestic but tragically fast-declining Steppe Eagle.
These beautiful, iconic birds of prey, once widespread and common throughout their range, are now classed as Globally Endangered by the IUCN, who estimate there may now be as few as just 50,000 mature individuals left on the planet. Their plight is shocking and urgent – but, with enough support and help, it is reversible….
Champions of the Flyway is therefore dedicating its 2020 campaign to helping our Birdlife Partners in Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan reverse the fortunes of this magnificent species, where no less than 80% of the global population breed. In an incredibly fitting parallel, 80% of the global population migrate through Israel every spring on their way to the remote steppes and savannas – so our 2020 teams will be literally seeing what they save, and saving what they see! (Thinking of entering a team? Click here!)
Steppe Eagles are unique in their breeding habits, and of the challenges that face them, two are particularly severe – collisions with powerlines and fires. Our local Birdlife partners have worked hard to produce a suite of tangible solutions, from surveys identifying the worst-affected breeding grounds, to planning and working with energy companies, to implementing preventative and mitigation measures, to national publicity awareness campaigns and much more – and we are absolutely honoured to be carrying (and shaking!) the can on their behalf. Donate here!
This may be a slightly different project compared to previous campaigns, but we feel that the Flyway Family can to step up where we are needed the most, and Steppe Eagles need our urgent help, sooner rather than later. We are eternally grateful to our supporters over the years, but we need you more than ever to help protect and save this majestic traveller, such a symbol of the epic avian migrations between Africa and Eurasia that unite our continents and cultures.
RACE DAY 2020 is 31st MARCH – REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE!