If you care about birds, add your name to the list today

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There are now only 24 days to the start of the “Champions of the Flyway” race, the biggest birding event of the year. The Focusing on Wildlife “Sprinters” – Marc Guyt, Gert Ottens, Martijn Verdoes and Ken Billington (myself) – will line up in Eilat Israel together with other crack birding teams with a common purpose – to raise awareness about the need for action.

Our goal is to present a petition with at least 5,000 names and comments to the European Union (EU) in Brussels and to raise funds so that BirdLife International can tackle the illegal killing of birds in Southern and Eastern Europe.

Over the last week many generous readers from all over the world have responded to our appeal, and the 61% mark has now been reached. So with only 24 days left to go:

Show solidarity and add your name to the list today

To support this petition you don’t even have to be European! We appeal to all birding and wildlife enthusiasts worldwide to show solidarity and sign the petition.

The petition itself requires that you donate the price of a cup of coffee (in any currency) to BirdLife International Charity Reg. No. 1042125 adding your name and comment.

Thank you for your support

First conservation project to receive funds announced

It was announced todayby SPNI and BirdLife International that the first conservation project to receive funds from the Champions of the Flyway Bird Race will be run by Bird Conservation Georgia.

Appeal to all birders: show solidarity and add your name to the list

The Batumi bottleneck in south-west Georgia is an area of the utmost importance for migratory birds. With more than one million migrating raptors of up to 35 species passing through the area, it is simply the greatest autumn bottleneck for migrating birds of prey in all Eurasia.

Unfortunately 10,000 birds of prey are illegally killed there every year!

The effects of hunting in Georgia (Photos: Bert Willeart).

Read more about the project “Preserving the miracle of migration at the Batumi Bottleneck” announced today by SPNI and BirdLife International.

 

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Ken Billington

Ken Billington

Ken, a scientist by training held various management positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries during his professional career, enabling him to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, North Africa, Asia and Japan. Ken has always been a keen photographer and bought his first telephoto lens 10 years ago. This was the beginning of his interest in bird photography. Since then he has also become an active supporter of birding and wildlife conservation.

Ken Billington

Ken Billington

Ken, a scientist by training held various management positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries during his professional career, enabling him to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, North Africa, Asia and Japan. Ken has always been a keen photographer and bought his first telephoto lens 10 years ago. This was the beginning of his interest in bird photography. Since then he has also become an active supporter of birding and wildlife conservation.

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