*Update – due to present circumstances in the region, local and national teams will be flying the flag this year, and the race will take place as planned on 1st April. More to follow!

Want to take part in Champions of the Flyway 2024, helping to save our migrating White Storks and other species in Tanzania?

Why not enter a team, and take part in the world’s friendliest, most exciting bird race – 24 hours of bird-filled adventure, the culmination of a week of togetherness and community in the wilds of the beautiful Negev! Interested? Contact Alen at  alenk@spni.org.il now for info, help and inspiration!

Champions of the Flyway is back! We are very excited to team up with our partners at Nature Tanzania to help combat the illegal killing of White Storks and other migrants on their perilous journeys to and from Africa.

Spectacled winners

Following a successful fundraising campaign, we will once again assemble in Eilat in late March 2024 to race for the Champions of the Flyway awards. The race will take place on 1st April 2024 with the Closing and Awards Ceremonies the following morning.

Blackstart Noam Weiss דחוס

We’re 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 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…. and it’s a unique, inspiring week you’ll never forget!

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


    Green Champions – race on foot, bike or other non-motorised method

    Sanctuary Champions – race purely in the IBRCE (International Bird Research Center Eilat) area

    Big Field Champions – the traditional race, but on our new, much smaller ‘playing field’

    Digiscoping / photography Champions – how many species can you ‘capture’ on race day?

  • Guardians of the Flyway: Awarded to the team that generates the most funding for this year’s conservation action project
  • 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 cause generally!

2024 Event Principles and Official Race Rules – to follow here soon!

Champions of the Flyway 2024 – Event Itinerary

All events and ceremonies kindly sponsored by ZEISS BIRDING

Champions of the Flyway – Race Playing Field