WP_20160308_17_38_54_Pro (1)Champions of the Flyway is back! Following a record-breaking campaign in 2018 in which we raised over $100,000 to help save migratory birds in Serbia and Croatia, we are very excited to team up with Birdlife Kenya to help tackle the rapid and catastrophic decline of Africa’s vultures.

Following a successful fundraising campaign we will once again assemble in Eilat in late March 2019 to race for the Champions of the Flyway crown. The race will take place on Tuesday March 26th 2019 with the closing and awards ceremony the following morning.

We are very excited to be welcoming many new teams and followers and are grateful for the continuing (and growing) support of our sponsors – onwards and upwards for the birds!

The Champions of the Flyway lineup of events has become one of the key factors for publicity and awareness-raising. The combined power of many like-minded people coming together at the heart of the Flyway is immense and creates a campaign much more than the sum of its parts.

Right now, our birding teams from all over the world are planning and strategising in the hope of winning one the follwing coveted titles:

  • Champions of the Flyway: Awarded to the team that records the most species in 24 hours.
  • Guardians of the Flyway: Awarded to the team that generates the most funding for this year’s conservation action project: stopping the illegal killing of birds in Croatia and Serbia.
  • Knights of the Flyway:  Awarded to the team which does the most to promote the cause and helps others to see the most birds and get the most enjoyment out of the event.

Below is the official schedule for the 2019 Champions of the Flyway events. Teams registering for the race are expected to be present at these events to ensure the unity and consistency of the campaign.

Review Event Principles and Official Race Rules

Champions of the Flyway 2019 – Event Itinerary

20-21st March 2019 Arrival of teams to Eilat – scouting sites, finding birds and exchanging gen!
23rd March 2019 – 20:00 The Future of the Flyways event. – a very special opening event featuring presentations about birding and education in Israel and beyond. Sponsored by LEICA.
24th March 2019 – 20.00 Champions of the Flyway opening dinner and ceremony at the Eilat Birdwatching Park with all participants, the municipality and tourism board of Eilat – hosted by ZEISS.

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25th March 2019 – 15.00Champions of the Flyway information swap meet and briefing at the Eilat Birdwatching Park
26th March 2019 – RACE DAY! Midnight to midnight…. 24 hours of birds, adrenaline and high drama!
27th March 2019 – 10.002019 Champions of the Flyway awards ceremony, sponsored by Swarovski Optik


Champions of the Flyway – Race Playing Field