IBOC 2019 March 28th – April 1st, 2019, EILAT ISRAEL

Conference coordinator - Dr. Jessica Schäckermann, Eco Way Consultancy


Birding in Eilat

Birding in late March / early April in Eilat is at its best. The Steppe Buzzards passage is at its peak with the possibility to see tens of thousands in a good morning, passing with a good diversity of other raptors and soaring birds. The diversity of Passerines is remarkable and the desert local species are vocal and easy to find. The Eilat Bird Sanctuary alone can show up to 120 species in a good morning.

Birdwatching Tours

We will conduct daily free guided birding trips every morning to one of the following: The bird sanctuary and banding station, the raptor watch point and to desert areas. These trips will leave from the hotel door at first light (05:45) and will be back for breakfast at 08:30. The trips will be free of charge.

On April 1st, we will offer guided birding trips for a fee which can be booked while registration, to the following destinations and prices:

  • ​​Eilat's Birds Sanctuary and the surroundings – 3 hours. $30.

  • Eilat and southern Arava greater area – 6 hours. $60

  • Nizzana and the Negev highlands for Macqueen's Bustards, coursers, vultures and other desert birds – 12 Hours. $90.

A minimum of 15 participants for each trip is required.

Related IOC Events


The Eilat Birds Festival is organized by the Israel Ornithological Center of the SPNI and has become one of the most significant international events in the WP birding scene.

The festival is a weeklong event that includes day and night birding tours to all the best sites in southern Israel, many bird related activities, presentations, talks and more.

The festival is based at the Isrotel Agamim Hotel in Eilat, an excellent 4 star resort. Our leaders are the best guides in the country, each with intimate knowledge of the terrain and where to find the birds, and with great people skills.






The Champions of the Flyway bird race is staged as part of the Eilat Bird Festival by The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (BirdLife’s national Partner in Israel) and is a BirdLife International Migratory Birds & Flyways Programme initiative.

A bird race with a difference:

We celebrate the miracle of migration and the joy of sharing outstanding birding experiences.

We operate on a global scale.  Millions of birders from every corner of the world participate – either by racing in person or by following events live online.

Teams generate funding that results in direct conservation action for birds in the Mediterranean flyway

As race teams tweet their sightings in real time, anyone, anywhere in the world can follow the race live on Twitter, or on this website, and participate virtually, cheering their favourite team on to victory.


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