THE YEAR OF THE DOVE!
Champions Of The Flyway May ’21 – May ’22
Be a Flyway Champion this year and help to save the iconic but perilously threatened European Turtle Dove… DONATE HERE!
Champions of the Flyway is now a well known fund- and awareness-raising event in global birding and conservation circles. Since our humble beginnings back in 2014, we’ve raised over $500,000 for projects tackling the illegal killing of birds migrating along the flyways. Over these past seven years we’ve shone the spotlight on the many challenging issues birds face, helping nine different Birdlife International partners in their ongoing struggle against the slaughter of migrants on the ground.
This year, we’re aiming even higher – as of now, it’s The Year Of The Dove! The Champions Of The Flyway family is coming together for a bumper 12-month campaign, during which we’re dedicating all efforts to saving one of the most iconic and threatened species on the flyway – the European Turtle Dove….
More details to follow here soon, but we’re focusing on three main, simultaneous elements:
Spotlighting the plight of the Turtle Dove across its range via a global publicity campaign
Pressurising and lobbying decision-makers to change & reinforce legal protection on the flyway and beyond
Raising vital funds for our partners across the East Mediterranean flyway – in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and Malta – to combat the slaughter of Turtle Doves via innovative, on-the-ground initiatives and projects
The campaign launch will coincide with Turtle Doves returning to their breeding grounds this spring, and will follow their nesting season and autumn migration later in the year – when COTF Race #1 will kickstart the second and most vital part of the campaign. This first race, aimed mainly (but not exclusively) at Israeli teams, will take place in the north of Israel on 30th Sept 2021.
Then, it’s all systems go, as we build up through the winter towards the finish line – Race #2, aimed at international family, on 5th April 2022! There will be a ‘traditional’ race in Eilat, but importantly also a global race, for teams and individuals, wherever they want to race across the globe….
Turtle Dove photos by Richard Bennett and Nathaniel Jordan Dargue – North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project