Help us reach our goal of $70,000
$77,146 raised, CONGRATULATIONS!
Welcome to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon,
a spring fundraising campaign for the Bird Protection Fund.
Thanks to our sponsoring organizations
John J Frautchi Family Foundation, Brookby Foundation
Eagle Optics and We Energies Foundation
Bird Protection Fund disburses $60,000 to priority projects
$7,500 to the Wisconsin Bird Monitoring Program, for personnel to monitor marsh birds, raptors, nightjars, and more.
$11,100 to Bird City Wisconsin for programs in its 99 communities.
$6,500 to the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative for programs supporting migratory bird stopover habitat protection.
$4,650 to the Wisconsin Kirtland's Warbler Project for personnel to monitor warbler nests.
$9,300 for interns in the Whooping Crane Reintroduction Program .
$6,000 for personnel in the Important Bird Areas-Southern Forests & Greater Prairie Chicken programs.
$4,650 for the education program "Aula Verde" in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica
$8,900 for personnel to conduct surveys for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.
$12,000 was also disbursed to organizations participating in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.
We are sorry to report that the Common Loon mercury monitoring project was discontinued.
Birdathon makes headlines statewide
We got some awesome press this year! Read the articles that mention your favorite team:
Warbling On the Wiouwash: Northeast Wisconsin Bird Club
Organizations and Bird Cities raise nearly $25,000
11 Statewide organizations and 11 Bird Cities fielded 28 teams to raise money for their own work.
Bird City teams
Baraboo Rangers, Bird City Ferryville, Bird City Whitefish Bay, Bird City Wisconsin
Coulee Birders, Hales Corners Environmental Committee
Mequon Nature Preserve, MuirLand Merlins, Sauk Prairie Eagle Eyes
Tern Around, Wausau Bird Nerds
Madison Audubon Society: Biblioloons, Faville Funky Flycatchers, Feel the Berd, Lincoln Birders--4th Grade, Reckless Wrens, So Suet Me!
Friend of Urban Nature: Bird and Nature Camp, Peddling Pewees
Friends of Glacial Heritage Area: Finch Gang
Natural Heritage Land Trust: Gone Pishin'
K.A.M.O. Rusk County
North Lakeland Discovery Center: Up North Hammerheads
Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts: Northern Highlands Team
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: Schlitz Audubon Screech Owls
Noel J. Cutright Bird Club: Walks in the Parks
Northeast Wisconsin Bird Club: Warbling on the Wiouwash
Society for Conservation Biology: Bino Bird Hunters
Lincoln Birders - 4th Grade!
2016 Signature Team Results
Our high-profile teams raised over $29,000 for the Bird Protection Fund!
Feel the Berd
From our non-Signature teams, including those representing organizations
Top five fundraising teams:
Feel the Berd (Madison Audubon Society), $4,355;
Up North Hammerheads (North Lakeland Discovery Center), $2,700;
Finch Gang (Friends of Glacial Heritage Area), $2,692
MuirLand Merlins (Bird City Montello), $2,328; and
Foundation Flamingos, $1,947.
The MuirLand Merlins
Top five birding teams:
MuirLand Merlins, 180 species;
Cuckoos for Conservation, 162 species;
Obi Gray and the Chewbacalacas, 161 species;
Wausau Bird Nerds (Bird City Wausau) 143 species;
Walks in the Parks, 140 species
Foundation Flamingos Christine and Ely
Top five team names:
Feel the Berd
Where did they bird?
Browse the team list or click on the map below to find YOUR team!
Where do the funds go?
Click here to read summaries of the Bird Protection Fund priority projects, or click on each photograph below to be directed to the project websites.
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.