Help us reach our goal of $70,000

$66,480 raised,   $3,520 to go!

Welcome to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon,

a spring fundraising campaign for the Bird Protection Fund.

The 2016 Birdathon is now underway and lasts until June 15, 2016.

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

Through your Birdathon donations and participation in Bird Protection Fund field trips, we're SO close to our goal!

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

Browse the team list or click on the map below to find YOUR team!

Latest News:

The 2016 Signature Teams have reported back!

The state's best-known birders visited Wisconsins best birding spots, and are sending in their reports. To date, they have raised over $25,000 for the Bird Protection Fund!

Download a Signature Team flyer here.

  • Secretary Birds (Tom Prestby, Quentin Yoerger, and Mark Korducki) are the top species counters this year, with an impressive 192! Read the full story here.
  • Curlew and Screech (Al Shea and Randy Hoffman) found 190 species along the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Read their story here.
  • WSO Tessen Team (Tom and Wendy Schultz, Jeff Baughman, and Daryl Tessen) found 180 species this year. Read their preliminary report here.
  • Lake Superior eBird Team(Ryan Brady, Nick Anich, and Alex Lehner) found 178 species, all but two of them in Ashland and Bayfield Counties. Read their preliminary report here.
  • Cutright's Old Coots (Carl Schwartz, Joan Sommer, Marilyn Bontly, Tom Uttech, and Mike Wanger) found 160 species in hotspots from Cedarburg Bog to Horicon Marsh. Read their story here.
  • Madison Green Team (Sumner Matteson and Tod Highsmith), birding Dane County by foot, bike, and kayak, found 127 species this year. More details to follow, we hope.
  • Lower Chippewa River Titmouseketeers (Bill Hogseth, Steve Betchkal, and Anne Geraghty) found 106 species along the Lower Chip. Read their story here.
  • Motmotley Crew  (Bill Volkert, Mary Korkor, and Sandy Vorpahl) found 109 species at Horicon Marsh. Find their species list here.

It's not over yet! Keep birding!

You can do your Birdathon in your local park or natural area--or even in your own backyard.

Read the Wisconsin Natural Resources article for some stories from last year:

Welcome new Birdathon teams!

We love our returning and Signature Teams, but also want to extend a welcome to these brand-new Birdathoners;

Bird City Ferryville

Bird City Mequon

Cuckoos for Conservation

Feel the Berd

Fledgling Fowl

Gone Pishin'

Obi Gray & the Chewbacalacas

Schlitz Audubon Screech Owls

Up North Hammerheads

Walk in the Parks

Warbling on the Wiouwash

WSCB Bino Bird Hunters

Birdathon to support nine priority projects this year

A project to monitor mercury levels in common loons has been added to the list of Bird Protection Fund Priorities.

Click here to read summaries of the 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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