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 also 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 new Birdathon teams!

Lower Wisconsin River Scan da Avians (Signature Team)

NCI Skyview Spotting Sparrows

Town of Rome Birders

Seasons of Life

WYBC Teen Birders (Signature Team)

Chickadee Chicks (Winnebago Audubon)

Backpacking Birders

Bird Protection Fund disburses $60,000 from GWB 2016 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.

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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