The Cape May Bird Observatory American Dippers are crowned Champions of the Flyway 2015 after winning the title with an outstanding total of 168 species.
Champions of the Flyway 2015 took off in an impressive manner. 31 teams of birders from 15 countries had assembled in Eilat in late March 2015 and as the clock struck midnight on March 24th, 135 competitors stepped over the start line as they headed out into a star-lit Israeli night to embark on the challenge of logging as many species as possible during the 24 hour period that followed.
With spring migration at its peak the teams then combed the deserts of Southern Israel gradually adding to their lists, experienced some amazing birds and wildlife, shared information generously and reached out to their supporters – all with the express intention of raising money and awareness to help stop the illegal trapping of migratory birds in Cyprus.
The teams supporting the 2015 project have already helped raised close to $50,000, from more than 900 individual donations and sponsors.
See here for more information about the 2015 race, the birds seen and the winners and awards.