WMBD 2020 challenge: Can we outrun real-time migrating Egyptian vultures?


The World Migratory Bird Day 2020 will be celebrated on Saturday, 10 October under the slogan “Birds Connect Our World”. Through birds’ seasonal movements, we can see the instinct that ultimately drives us to continue forward, no matter all the obstacles.

Every year the Egyptian vultures set out on 2,500 miles long epic journey to their wintering grounds. And this is not just a race, but a race for their survival as these birds push the limits of endurance.

Let’s test our capabilities and see if we could outrun a small team of migrating Egyptian vultures – Jenny, Solomon, and Izi, just for a day!

On Saturday, 10th of October (all day long), we are going to run real-time with these three tagged Egyptian vultures! Will we be able to cover a longer distance than them? We are going to answer these questions at the end of the day!

OK, if you are searching where your running shoes are at the moment or you are planning your track of a mile at your apartment, see how exactly you can participate in our WMBD challenge:

1. On October 10th, warm-up, then run or walk the distance of at least 1.6 km, which is exactly 1 air mile! You can do this at you home, yard, in the park or in the mountain. It is up to you to choose the place!

To receive an official running number for the event, please fill the form: https://forms.gle/NDZaPQNt7sYj9U9u8

2. Share your distance on Facebook and hashtags #AmilefortheEV, #AMFTEV, #EVnewLIFE, #WMBD 2020. You can measure the distance via Strava or another similar app, or you can use Google maps.

3. Share with us your photo/video, and let’s show to the world how the Egyptian vultures connect our world!


Besides this challenge on Saturday (10.10), 1:00 p.m. EET, LIVE on the Return of the Neophron Facebook Page,  we will be celebrating this special day with an exclusive, one-hour, WMBD 2020 EV web-meeting, where leading experts from the “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE” project will tell us more about:

• The Cultural Values of “Cuckoo’s Horse”;

• Egyptian Vulture Student’s Action Team in Greece;

• Nest-guarding of Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria;

• Local Shepherds and Volunteers Support Egyptian Vulture Conservation in Turkey;

• Traditional Hima Reserves Help Migratory Birds Conservation in Lebanon;

• Education and Awareness Programme about Vultures in Niger;

• Questions and answers session


The event is organized within the LIFE project "Egyptian Vulture New LIFE”.