Welcome to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon,

a spring fundraising campaign for the Bird Protection Fund.

The 2016 Birdathon will take place April 15-June 15, 2016.

This year our goal is to raise $70,000 for bird protection in Wisconsin

Start a team, join a team, or learn more.

Click on the map below to find YOUR team!


Latest News:

The credit card donation functionality for the Birdathon is offline until March 1st.

To donate by check, click here

To make a donation to the Bird Protection Fund, click here.


The Natural Resources Foundation has distributed $59,000 to eight priority projects, $47,000 of which come from the Bird Protection Fund: 

$11,000 to Bird Cities Wisconsin

$9,000 for Kirtland's Warbler monitoring and management

$8,815 for Whooping Crane reintroduction

$7,500 to the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II

$6,200 for reforestation of wintering bird habitat in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica

$6,000 to the Important Bird Areas Program

$5,500 to the Wisconsin Bird Monitoring Program

$4,200 to the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative for migratory birds


$1,000 to sponsor the Chequamegon Bay Bird Festival

Results from Birdathon 2015:

66 Teams, 166+ birders, 255 species,

$57,000 for bird protection in Wisconsin!



Our Signature Teams raised $20,000!

The Madison Green Team found 149 species and raised $7,500--all on foot or by bike or kayak. Who says you need a car to bird?


Top Five Fundraisers

Madison Green Team  $7,474

Cutright's Old Coots  $6,535

The Long Walk For Birds 2015  $4,759

Lake Superior eBirders  $4,560

Finch Gang  $2,691


Top Five Species Tallies 

Muirland Merlins  166

Arctic Adventurers  165

Cutright's Old Coots  165

WSO Signature Team  163

Lake Superior eBirders  161


The Lincoln Birders saw 39 species, taught bird/environmental games to rest of the school on Birdathon game day, and collected $94 in their penny jar. We're inspired by these fledgling bird conservationists!




It was a Big Day of marathon birding and tweeting for teams Curlew & Screech and Cleopatra and the Stilts. With the duo finding more species and the trio raising more funds, the birds were the real winners that day.

Read the whole storify play-by-play!


 It's never too late to donate!

Your Birdathon donations will:

Protect endangered Kirtland's warblers in Wisconsin
Monitor hawks, owls, nightjars and marsh birds
Restore stopover habitat for migrating birds
Reintroduce Whooping Cranes to Eastern North America
Make Wisconsin towns bird-friendly
Document Wisconsin's birds in the Breeding Bird Atlas II
Protect bird wintering habitat in Costa Rica
Conserve Wisconsin's southern forests

Great Wisconsin Birdathon Partners


Great Wisconsin Birdathon Sponsoring Organizations


The John J. Frautschi Family Foundation and the Brookby Foundation

Photo credits: Child birding, Ryan Brady; Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Summer Tanager, Jack Bartholmai; snipe hunting and Sandhill Cranes, D. Z. Johnson; Great-horned Owl,DZ Johnson; Yellowlegs, Wisconsin DNR; Nick Anich, Ryan Brady; Sumner Matteson, Tod Highsmith; Lincoln Birder, Lorie Solchenberger; Cleopatra & the Stilts, Emily Meier; Short-eared Owl, Dennis Malueg; Kirtland's Warbler, Robert Royse; southern forests, Mike Mossman; stopover habitat, Luke Wuest; Osa peninsula, Rick Stanley; Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration.

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