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Champions of the Flyway is back! Following a fantastic campaign in 2019  helping to save africa’s vultures, we are very excited to team up with our partners at Birdlife Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to help tackle the rapid and catastrophic decline of the iconic, majestic Steppe Eagle.

Following a successful fundraising campaign we will once again assemble in Eilat in late March 2020 to race for the Champions of the Flyway crown. The race will take place on Tuesday March 31st 2020 with the closing and awards ceremony the following morning.

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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: helping to stop the illegal poisoning of the Rift Valley’s embattled vultures.
  • Knights of the Flyway:  Awarded to the team which does the most to promote the cause, help others before, during and after the event, and to go above and beyond for the vultures generally!

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Champions of the Flyway 2020 – Event Itinerary

24th-25th March 2020 Arrival of teams to Eilat – scouting sites, finding birds and exchanging gen!
29th March 2020 – 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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30th March 2020 – 15.00Champions of the Flyway information swap meet and briefing at the Eilat Birdwatching Park
31st March 2020 – RACE DAY! Midnight to midnight…. 24 hours of birds, adrenaline and high drama!
1st April 2020 – 10.002020 Champions of the Flyway awards ceremony, sponsored by Swarovski Optik

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Champions of the Flyway – Race Playing Field