We are students in the fifth and sixth grade at “Sdot Yoav” Elementary School in Kibbutz Gat, located in central Israel. Most of us are members of our school’s Green Leadership group, promoting biodiversity and nature conservation as well as sustainability. We meet once a week with Ayana Dagan, who directs the group, and go birdwatching around school and its surroundings. We learn about birds, observe bird behavior, and practice identifying species visually and acoustically. Even post-school hours we go birdwatching, each in his own neighborhood.
For the Champions event two of our fathers will join our team. They are nature enthusiasts and will assist us in bird identification, as well as drive us. Our group is named after the Palestine Sunbird, which was selected three years ago as our school bird. This will be our first time as participants in the Champions of the Flyway. We look forward to participating in an international nature conservation and sustainability venture. It is also important for us to help the globally-endangered Steppe eagle. As customary for the Champions event, we ask for your sponsorship. Your donation will fuel education, advocacy and law-enforcement activities aimed to help Steppe Eagles in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, where eagles nest and are most vulnerable. Some of the money will be allocated for infrastructure improvement, such as erecting elevated nesting platforms and installing power lines insulation. We will appreciate any amount you can give for this important cause!
Our team was recently joined by Tzur Magen, an experienced veteran birdwatcher. Tzur led birding groups at Sdot Yoav school and has paved the way to our participation in the Champions of the Flyway, we are happy and proud to have him with us!