Website navigation and instructions for

  • Starting, finding, and joining teams
  • Pledging and donating
  • Setting up and editing your fundraising page

For assistance, please contact Diane Packett, Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator, at diane.packett@wisconsin.gov


Start a team

On the Home page, click on the Participate tab and choose Start a Team. Fill out the information for the person who will be the team captain.

Set a username and password. 

Give your team a name. It is helpful for searching and browsing teams to avoid using "the" in the team name: "Tiger Herons", not "The Tiger Herons". If your team is representing an organization or Bird City, include this information in parentheses after the name: "Tiger Herons (Tigerville Audubon Society)" or "Tiger Herons (Bird City Tigerville)". Please also send us the required forms under the Organizational Fundraising tab.

Enter the number of species you hope to see. This will help those who wish to make a per species pledge to your team.

Enter your team's fundraising goal, and your personal fundraising goal. The personal goals of each team member should all sum up to the team's fundraising goal. You can change your personal and team fundraising goals by logging into your account.

After you enter your information, you will receive an automated email message confirming your team, and containing your username and password. Please save this for your records.


Find a team to join or support

If you know the name of the team you want to join or support, the Browse Teams page contains a list of teams and a Search box. You can type in the name of the team you wish to search for, or browse the teams and click on a name to be taken to its fundraising page.

If you want to find a team located in a certain area, the Home and About pages also include a link to an interactive Google map of the locations of the team captains.Click on the map to open the Google map in a new window, and click on the map markers to display the team name and a link to its fundraising page.


Join a team

If you know the name of the team you wish to join, click the Participate tab and choose Join a Team.

If you want to find a team to join, click on Browse Teams, where you can find an alphabetical list of teams and a search box. 

The Home and About pages also include a link to an interactive Google map of the locations of the team captains. Click on the map to open the Google map in a new window, and click on the map markers to display the team name and a link to its fundraising page.

On the team page, click the Join button.

Enter your information.

Set a username and password.

From the dropdown menu, select the team you wish to join. If the team name does not appear, the captain has not yet started the team. 

Enter the number of species you hope to see; it should be the same as the number of species your team captain has entered. This will help those who wish to make a per species pledge to you.

Enter your personal fundraising goal; the goals of all team members should add up to the team fundraising goal. You can change your personal goal later by logging into your account.

After you enter your information, you will receive an automated email message confirming your team, and containing your username and password. Please save this for your records.

You can change any of this information by logging into your account and selecting Edit Your Info in the sidebar.


Find an individual to support

The Support a Participant page, which can also be found by selecting "To Individual" under the Donate tab, contains a list of participant names, alphabetically by first name. You can browse the alphabetical list, or type the person's first and/or last name into the Search box on this page.

 

Pledge to an individual or team

"Pledge" means to promise a donation per number of bird species seen. If you pledge $25 and your birder sees 100 species, your credit card will be billed for $2500; if you pledge $0.25, or 25 cents, your card will be billed for $25.

Unfortunately, because of the way the software is set up, you cannot pledge to a team. You must pledge to the team captain or to one of the members. The Browse Teams page indicates the captain of each team. The Support A Participant page allows you to search for an individual birder.

To pledge, go to the birder's page and click the Pledge button. Read the information and fill out the standard information form. When the Birdathon is over and the birder has reported the number of species they saw, we will trigger the billing of your credit card, or if you pledged by check, we will notify you of the amount you owe.

 

Donate to an individual or team 

You may donate any amount of money to a birder or team, to multiple people on a team, or more than once to a birder. Go to the team's or birder's  page and click one of the radio buttons, the Donate By Credit Card button, or the Donate by Check button.

 

Using and making changes to your pages

When you join or start a team, a personal fundraising page is  created for you with generic content. You can replace this with a personal fundraising message or story, and add photos and links.

To change the message on your personal or team page, log in to your account, then in the sidebar select Edit Your Page Message. A text window will appear in which you can delete all or part of the old text and add new. For editing, be sure you have selected "Normal" view under the text box instead of "HTML" or "Preview". You can also change your goal, and team captains can change the team goal and name.

To add photos to your page, choose Manage Your Photos from the sidebar. You may then upload photos. The first one you upload will appear at the top of the page below the team name. The next three photos you upload will be arranged top to bottom along the right side. Any additional photos will be inserted in between these three, so that the fourth photo you upload will always be at the bottom.

To share your page link (or another person's page), you have several options. 1)  Copy and paste the URL into an email using the email client of your choice; 2) Click on the Facebook, Twitter, or "plus" sign icons on the right side of your page to share the page link to a variety of sites; 3) Click on the envelope icon on the right side of the page to share the link with a 255-character message. In this window you can select Gmail, AOL, Yahoo! or Outlook symbols to connect to your account and send as long a message as you want. If you don't have an account on one of these services, option 1 is recommended.