The long waiting will soon be over and The ZEISS Arctic Redpolls are ready to get back in business in Southern Israel! With the last year’s victory under our belt one could think we wouldn’t feel as pressured as previous years, but after the long dark winter of the north, we are super-excited to put our skills to work and we’ll do our best to be at the top spot once again!
This is the 3rd COTF –race for The Arctic Redpolls and we are proud to be part of this great and cheerful conservation event again. It is essential to monitor and understand the different kind of hazards migratory birds face along their journey now and in the future. That’s why this year’s project with BirdLife Turkey and the educational aspect to prevent migratory bird slaughter is really important and feels like a right way to go. Even though the breeding grounds of The Arctic Redpolls reside in Finland, at the northern end of the eastern Eurasian–African flyway, we are of course concerned about the birds of the East Mediterranean flyway as well!
The ZEISS Arctic Redpolls is a team of four enthusiast birdwatchers and ornithologists from Finland, with bird races close to the heart. For us, the Champions of the Flyway is first and foremost about protection of migratory birds and raising funds for them. But at the same time, we are definitely going to make the most of it in terms of great birding, meeting good friends and colleagues, as well as lark around during the birding cliffhanger. And once again, we are happy to get support from the Zeiss Sport Optics!
We’ve been closely spying various Israeli birding websites and we have noticed the big amount of nomadic and desert dwelling species like larks, sandgrouse and wheatears. Could it be that this is the year someone is lucky enough to find the legendary Dunn’s lark? We can’t wait to get to scan the desert once again!