See a bird, save a bird

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon has raised more than $200,000

for bird protection since 2012! 

The Foundation Flamingos Birdathon team at Ferry Bluff State Natural Area


The Birdathon supports eight priority projects of the Bird Protection Fund.

Collect pledges and donations for finding as many bird species as possible,

any day from April 15 - June 15.

Go birding on your own, or with a team of friends or family.

You can bird anywhere, even your back yard or local park.

Click below to get started:


Start a team              join a team


Your personal or team fundraising page will be created for you!

You can add photos and your own personal story.

Share your page with others, and enjoy your birding day!

You can find guidelines, fund raising tips, and other resources in the Participant Kit.


Find a team in your area to join or support! Click on the map below:

Young birdathoners at Lincoln Elementary in Madison (Photos by Lori Solchenberger)


If you belong to a bird club, land trust, or other environmental organization that endorses the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, you are welcome to raise funds for your own work. Visit our Organizational Fundraising page to find out how.


Results from Birdathon 2016:

48 Teams of 150+ birders smashed our campaign goal to raise

$77,000 for bird protection in Wisconsin!

Read the 2016 report to see all the details.


2016 Highlights


Signature Team Results

Our high-profile teams raised over $29,000 for the Bird Protection Fund!


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


Organizations and Bird Cities raised 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


The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is a joint effort of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. Thanks to our partners and generous sponsors:


Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2016 Sponsoring Organizations:

The John J. Frautschi Family Foundation, and the Brookby Foundation




Have a question? Email or call coordinator Diane Packett at (920) 219-2587, diane.packett@wisconsin.gov .