2017 beach photo

Champions of the Flyway 2017 – Results and final standings

Another Champions of the Flyway race is in the books. This year was amazing on many levels: New teams, great fundraising and a fantastic and dramatic race.

The Champions of the Flyway is not only a challenging bird race, actually the race is just the climax of months of fundraising and promotion. This year the COTF team joined forces with Doğa Derneği (Birdlife Turkey) in order to raise money to tackle the illegal killing of birds in Turkey. Teams of birders from all over the world spread the word and asked their respective crowds to donate to the cause. Over $60,000 were raised; money that will be implemented to several projects on the ground in turkey. These projects include enforcement work as well and mainly educational workshops with children, including targeted work with children of Syrian Refugees.

A full account of the race itself will follow soon but in the meantime here are the results, award winners and final standings of all teams.

Award winners and Flyway Champions:

  • The Champions of the Flyway – The ZEISS Arctic Redpolls – with 181 species
  • The Guardians of the Flyway – The Birding Ecotours Youth Africa Birders – €8835 raised
  • The Knights of the Flyway – The Birding Ecotours Youth Africa Birders
  • The “Green” Champions of the Flyway – The Spokes Folks122 species
  • The Israeli Champions of the Flyway – The Wallcreepers181 species
  • The Israeli Guardians of the Flyway – The JBO Orioles – close to 9000 NIS raised

Final standings and complete results of all participating teams:

The Divisions are International race (IN), Israel Race (IL) and Green race (G)

 TeamDivision# of species seen
1The ZEISS Arctic RedpollsIN181
2The WallcreepersIL181
3The Palestine SunbirdersIN176
4The Little BastardsIL171
5Team Doğa DerneğiIN170
6The ZEISS Gavia TeamIN169
7ZEISS Reservoir BirdsIN166
8The Media BirdersIN163
9Birding Africa Black HarriersIN163
10LEICA Cape May American DippersIN157
11Team Vulture Conservation FoundationIN155
12LEICA Sempach SnowfinchesIN154
13The Swallows (הסנוניות)IL153
14The Arava EaglesIL153
15The “Spectacled” הממושקפיםIL151
16Bird Families of the worldIL149
17Birding Ecotours Youth Africa BirdersIN144
18LEICA Victorious Bird Nerds (VBN)IN143
19The Golden PheasantsIN143
20Desert Wheatears – סלעיות המדברIL141
21Birdwatch Birdguides RoadrunnersIN140
22Barbary Falcons – הבזים המדברייםIL139
23The Players – הפלייריםIL133
24The Bee eaters – השרקרקיםIL129
25The Po Delta PygmiesIN124
26The Spokes Folks G122
27The Terns – השחפיותG119
28The Hoopoe Larks האלימוניםIL118
29The Safari Sea Eagles – עיטמי הספאריIL114
30The Desert Chickens – תרנגולי המדברG113
31The JBO OriolesIL109
32The Goldfinches – חוחיותG102
33The Pratincoles – השדמיותG99
34The ArtbirdsIN93


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