We will confront this slaughter.

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We will expose their hideouts and disable their operations.


We will end their suffering.

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We will do this TOGETHER!


Join forces to promote the 2018 Conservation Cause: Illegal hunting and trapping of songbirds in CROATIA and SERBIA

Funds raised for CROATIA and SERBIA BirdLife!

We already smashed through the $50,000 goal! Help us meet our new $90,000 target!  ↑

Funds raised for CROATIA and SERBIA BirdLife!

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In 2018, Champions of the Flyway will for the first time focus on two countries as we confront the illegal killing of birds in Croatia and Serbia. Joining forces with Biom (BirdLife Croatia) and Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BirdLife Serbia), we will protect critically important migration routes in the eastern and western Mediterranean Flyways as well as the Adriatic Flyway. More than 50,000 quails have been illegally shot in the area, together with numerous water birds and occasionally raptors and other soaring birds. We must act now to protect these critical flyways.

A bird race with a difference:

  1. We celebrate the miracle of migration and the joy of sharing outstanding birding experiences.
  2. We operate on a global scale.  Millions of birders from every corner of the world participate – either by racing in person or by following events live online.
  3. Teams generate funding that results in direct conservation action for birds in the Mediterranean flyway

As race teams tweet their sightings in real time, anyone, anywhere in the world can follow the race live on Twitter, or on this website, and participate virtually, cheering their favourite team on to victory.

In concert with The Eilat Bird Festival

לוגו-פסטיבלאילת-נקיוגדול_1430237748The Champions of the Flyway bird race is staged as part of the Eilat Bird Festival by The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (BirdLife’s national Partner in Israel) and is a BirdLife International Migratory Birds & Flyways Programme initiative.

Everyone can be a Flyway Champion! Here’s how:

Enter a team

Our teams represent a wide range of individuals and brands and the race is open to all who register to take part.  The event is great fun and you will be raising money to protect the same migrants you so often travel to see. If you want to join us in Eilat this spring, please don’t delay. Registration is still open but places are limited so you need to register now.

Sponsor a team

Many of our race teams enjoy the support of commercial sponsors. Some participants are young birders with limited resources, others are would-be fundraisers from small, cash-strapped non-profit organisations. All could really use your support as a team sponsor! If you are interested in providing them a leg up please contact us here. 

Make a donation

Every team that participates raises conservation funding from their friends and contacts. Here are the team pages where you can see who is racing, who you might like to support and how to make a donation to their fundraising page. All teams are in competition to see who will raise the most to stop the illegal killing of birds.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook   #COTF18

Together we make a difference for the birds of the Mediterranean flyways!

Cooperating with shepherds to protect Egyptian Vultures.

And bring international attention and funding to this important conservation dilemma

Involving the locals in Great Bustard research.