Yael Lavie-Ephrath, 49, lover of nature by heart, nature conservationist by mission and by vocation, with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. I was introduced to the world of birdwatching through my son, which was a hobbyist birdwatcher as a young child. For myself, birdwatching opened a door to understanding richness and diversity hidden from me beforehand, and was my introduction to the world of nature protection. I derive hope and comfort from watching bird migration, a phenomenon that gives me the feeling that nature’s clock goes on ticking when everything seems to go awry. I am looking forward to a wonderful race, diverse observations, and all migrators arriving safely at their destination.