Help us reach our goal of $75,000

$35,679 raised,   $39,321 to go!

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:

Welcome newest Birdathon teams!

Counting Crows

Chequamegon (Sam) Robbins (Chequamegon Bird Club)

Goss Hawks (Ben Goss Bird Club)

Flock of Seagulls

Badger Birders (UW-Madison Chapter TWS)

Namakagon Naturalists (Cable Natural History Museum)

Prairie Pipers (CSWAB)


 Top Teams -- Funds raised

  Cutrights Old Coots: $2,908

Lower Wisconsin Scan da Avians: $1,905

River Raptors: $1,630

Millennial Falcons: $1,265

Foundation Flamingos: $1,140

Top Teams -- Percent of Goal

Millennial Falcons: 126%

Town of Rome Birders: 115%

Prairie Pipers (CSWAB): 94%

WYBC Teen Birders: 90%

Lower Wisconsin Scan da Avians: 76%

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, Marcus Brown, Clare Carlson, Matt Carlson, Eric Mosher, Sandy River, Bradley Webb, Charley Roberts) - Named for the infamous cattle rustlers of the southern marshes, 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.

Feel the Berd raising funds for Madison Audubon Society, $0.27 at a time.

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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