Help us reach our goal of $75,000

$79,332 raised,   CONGRATULATIONS!

Welcome to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon!

We believe that birds are valuable and need our help.

With your help we've raised more than $200,000 for bird protection in Wisconsin since 2012!

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon engages individuals and communities to raise support and
awareness for birds in Wisconsin. The Birdathon is a walkathon-style fundraiser.
Participate by donating to a team or forming your own to count birds.

What is a Birdathon? It's like a walk-a-thon with birds! Teams of birdwatchers collect pledges and donations for finding as many bird species as possible, any day from April 15 - June 15. You can bird anywhere: stay close to home in your backyard or local park, or venture into the field in any of Wisconsin's beautiful landscapes. Whether you're a novice or expert birder, you can make a difference!

The funds your team raises go to support the eight Bird Protection Fund priority projects.


Click the Participate tab above to start or join a team!

Environmental and conservation organizations can use the Great Wisconsin Birdathon to fundraise for their own projects. In 2016, 22 organizations and Bird Cities took home more than $12,000 from their Birdathons. Visit the Organizational Fundraising page to find out how your bird club, garden club, nature center, or land trust can raise funds through our event.

Lincoln Birders raising funds for Madison Audubon Society as they learn about birds


Your organization, foundation, or corporation can sponsor the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! Even better, send your employees or members out with one of our teams! Our sponsorship document explains the sponsorship levels and benefits.


Not a birder? You can still support the campaign, or your favorite birdwatcher! Click the Donate tab above, browse the team list, or click on the map below to find YOUR team!

Latest News:

River Raptors Teams Launch

A new fleet of "green" birders launches this third week of May, counting birds by canoe and kayak along rivers across the state, with the goal of raising $4,000 for bird conservation. Eight teams of Wisconsin's best-known conservationists will be hitting the waters from the Kinnickinnic to the West Twin, and from the Manitowish to the Rock. The first ones out were the Fox River Falcons (Daryl Christensen, Karen Weiss, Mark and Kari Stauffer) on the Fox and Grand Rivers, soon to be followed by:

  • Sumner Matteson, bird biologist for DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program, and community organizer Nina Utne on the Kinnickinnic River in western Wisconsin.
  • Sumner and Woodland Dunes communication and development coordinator, Nancy Nabak, onthe West Twin River in northeastern Wisconsin.
  • DNR biologists Andy Paulios and Cassandra Young on the lower Sugar River.
  • DNR avian ecologist Kim Grveles and retired trucker Cherie Barnes on the Rock River.
  • Writer and naturalist John Bates and friend on the Manitowish River.
  • Conservationist Charlie Luthin and Leopold biographer and crane advocate, Curt Meine on the lower Wisconsin River.
  • Research scientist Robert Rolley with wife and conservationist Karen Mesmer on the Baraboo River.
  • Thanks to team sponsor Rutabaga Paddlesports, LLC, for the donation of a kayak to the cause!

    Stories from the field:

    Birding Bonanza field trip

    Lower Chippewa River Titmouseketeers

    Lower Wisconsin Scan da Avians

    Prairie Pipers

    Presidential rEgrets

    River Raptors - Kinnickinnic River

    River Raptors - West Twin River

    Presidential rEgrets, biking around Dane County to raise funds for Madison Audubon Society

    Top Teams -- Funds raised

    Cutrights Old Coots: $9,589

    Indigo Girls & Guys: $8,500

    Lake Superior eBirders: $5,190

    Lower Wisconsin Scan da Avians: $4,735

    Finch Gang: $3,258

    Top Teams -- Percent of Goal

    Thunderbirds are Go! 311%

    Baraboo Rangers 300%

    Obi Gray and the Chewbacalacas 230%

    Goss Hawks 165%

    Town of Rome Birders 165%

    Wisconsin Young Birders' Club Teen Birders

    2017 Signature Team Lineup:

    Signature Teams are our leaders in birding and fundraising. All their earnings go to the Bird Protection Fund.

    Cutrights Old Coots (Carl Schwartz, Marilyn Bontly, Mike Wanger, Joan Sommer, Tom Uttech) - Last year's top fundraisers have set their goal at $10,000!

    Finch Gang (Karen Etter Hale, Clare Carlson, Matt Carlson, Eric Mosher, Sandy River, Bradley Webb, Charley Roberts) - Named for the infamous horse thieves of 19th century Jefferson County, the gang gets REALLY serious this year.

    Lake Superior eBirders (Ryan Brady, Nick Anich, Erik Bruhnke) - This year professional birding guide Erik Bruhnke joins Ryan and Nick in the northern forests and shores.

    Lower Wisconsin Scan da Avians (Barb & Jeb Barzen, Arlyne Johnson, Mike Hedemark) - Hardy descendants of northern birders have staked out the best territory in the state.

    Secretary Birds (Tom Prestby, Quentin Yoerger, Mark Korducki) - Last year's top birders found 192 species! Can they top that this year?

    WYBC Teen Birders (Ryan Treves, Michael Gray, Josh Collum, Ben Marn) - Our youngest Signature Team brings their considerable enthusiasm, energy, and expertise to the cause.


    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 2017 Sponsoring Organizations


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