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

Latest News:

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.

Read the Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2016 report, and updates from the priority projects.

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:

  • Lincoln Birders-4th grade!: School Spotlight: Students spot, raise funds for birds (Wisconsin State Journal) Link
  • Madison Green team: Madison-based team birds by foot, bike and kayak for conservation fundraiser (Wisconsin State Journal) Link
  • Lake Superior eBirders: Lake Superior eBirders represent region in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (Ashland Daily Press) Link
  • Lincoln Birders – 4th Grade!: Students use birds to connect with nature, excel in school (BirdWatching Magazine) Link
  • Secretary Birds, Lincoln Birders, Wausau Bird Nerds Obi Gray and the Chewbacalacas, Warbling on the Wiouwash, and others: Patrick Durkin: Fundraiser isn’t just for the birds (Wisconsin State Journal, Green Bay Press-Gazette) Link
  • Lower Chippewa River Titmouseketeers: Feathers Will Fly: Great Wisconsin Birdathon participants race to count as many species as they can (Volume One) Link
  • Cutright’s Old Coots and Birdathon partners: Wisconsin: At the center of the bird world (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Link
  • Curlew and Screech: Birders deploy across Wisconsin for fifth annual Birdathon (Wisconsin Dells Events) Link
  • Motmotley Crew: Local birder dedicates life to conservation (Lake Country Now) Link May 4, 2016: Adventures Out There: Search for the spruce grouse (Price County Review) Link | PDF
  • Signature Teams: Birding for bigger budgets: Wisconsin birdathon benefits conservation programs (Wisconsin Gazette) Link
  • Signature Teams: All star birding teams take on 2016 Great Wisconsin Birdathon (Marquette County Tribune) PDF
  • MuirLand Merlins: GWB: ‘A Walkathon With Binoculars and a Bird Book’ (The Birding Wire) PDF
  • General Birdathon: The Great Wisconsin Birdathon from your backyard (Natural Resources Magazine) PDF

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

Organizational Teams

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

Gone Pishin’

Secretary Birds

Tern Around

Motmotley Crew

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.

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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