A Birdrace is an ideal way of linking our passion, birding, with the conservation of nature. In the Leica Birders without Borders team, four renowned figures from the Swiss birding and ornithology scene have joined to help saving African vultures. When we first travelled to the Indian Subcontinent about 20 years ago, vultures were already rare then, but still rather ubiquitous. The last time we went there, we hardly saw any. We sincerely do not want such a decline in vulture populations to happen in Africa as well, and taking part in the COTF 2019 is one of our humble contributions to prevent this.
In various team combinations, we have won the majority of the 28 past Swiss Birdraces organized by BirdLife Switzerland and hold the record of 141 species in 24 hours (note that Switzerland is a landlocked country and no cars were allowed, i.e. only feet, bikes or public transport). So, we are very curious to find out on how we will perform in an international context away from home and hope to raise a lot of money.