Why will a group of African birding tour leaders travel to the Middle East? Because we’ve come to find out where “our” birds go, and to try and help save them. And we need a little help from you.
Unconstrained by the limitations of passports, borders and airplane ticket prices, we can only marvel at the freedom of many birds’ movements from their northern breeding grounds to their African “wintering” areas. Yet their travels expose them to extreme dangers: along the flyways that connect the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, many are slaughtered by hunters. We really believe that these birds don’t belong to the hunters in any one country, but rather to unite all of us.
Fewer and fewer arrive back in Africa each year, but what can we do? Despite the really tough challenges facing the Middle East at the moment, our friends and colleagues at Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey) have stepped up to the task and are heading out into the field and making a real difference to reduce this hunting. Please help us support them them by clicking on the donate button to the right.
And birders like nothing more than a bit of friendly competition and camaraderie, so this journey is going to take us to the Middle East to experience and promote this incredible migration firsthand – while competing against some of the world’s top birders! Even though the Birding Africa Black Harriers have never been to Israel before, we look forward to being welcomed by “our” birds as the plane touches down and to run with it from there….!