The Champions of the Flyway project is back and stronger than ever. We are proud to continue waving the flag of bird conservation along the Flyways. Following a great campaign in 2017 in which we raised over $65,000 for projects tackling the illegal killing and trapping of birds in Turkey and for projects in Israel, we are happy to team up with BIOM (Birdlife Croatia) and the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Birdlife Serbia) to try and tackle the burning issues of illegal killing and trapping of birds along the Adriatic Flyway.
Following a successful fundraising campaign we will once again assemble in Eilat in late March 2018 to race for the Champions of the Flyway crown.
The race will take place on Monday March 26th 2018 with the closing and awards ceremony the following morning.
We are excited to welcome many new teams and followers and are grateful for the continuing (and growing) support of our sponsors.
The Champions of the Flyway lineup of events has become one of the key factors for publicity and awareness for the project. The power of many like-minded people coming together at the heart of the Flyway is immense and carries a very long way.
Right now, our birding teams from all over the world are staging their strategy so that they may win one of three 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 lineup of events for the 2018 COTF race. Teams registering for the race are expected to be present at these events to ensure the success and volume of the project. Follow the race live on Facebook and Twitter.
Champions of the Flyway 2018 – Event Itinerary
|20-22nd March 2018||Arrival of teams to Eilat. All teams (or most team members) must aim to be in Eilat no later than March 22nd|
|23 March 2018 – 20:00||The Future of the Flyways event. – A special opening event featuring young Israeli birders and conservationists from around the country. The kids will share some ideas to tackle the illegal killing of birds along the Flyways. Sponsored by LEICA.|
|24 March 2018 – 19:30||The 2018 Champions of the Flyway opening dinner at the Eilat Birdwatching Park – Hosted by ZEISS|
|25th March||Teams open scouting day.|
|26th March – 10:00||00:01: The race begins|
19:00: The finish line opens.
23:59: The finish line closes, all teams must submit their checklists by this time!
|27th March||2018 COTF awards ceremony and closing event at the Queen of Sheba Hotel