Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2020

Lake Superior eBirders

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Thanks for visiting the Lake Superior eBirders Great Wisconsin Birdathon page! We are proud to again represent Chequamegon Bay, Lake Superior, the North Woods, and all that is great about northern Wisconsin in this year's event.


***NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delaying our Big Day until later in summer or early fall. While we could technically proceed with our typical late May date and modify our effort to bird solo, in our backyards, and/or by relay, our team feels it best to postpone in hopes of safer times in August or September. But don't worry, we're already thinking of some creative twists that could make the day as fun and fresh as ever! Stay tuned, and in the meantime you are welcome to donate to our team as you wish.

During late May our team will spend most of a 24-hour period observing as many bird species as possible. You can help us and the birds by pledging an amount PER SPECIES seen or a FLAT AMOUNT regardless of our species tally. We are aiming to see ~160 species.

Your pledge will support the Bird Protection Fund, including statewide projects such as:

  • Conservation of endangered Kirtland's Warblers, Whooping Cranes, and Piping Plovers
  • Research, education, and habitat protection in Central and South America
  • Monitoring of shorebirds, waterbirds, and endangered terns in Wisconsin
  • Community engagement and habitat protection through Bird City Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II

Our 2020 team consists of Ryan Brady, Nick Anich, and Erik Bruhnke. Ryan and Nick are both DNR conservation biologists in Ashland and coordinators of Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. Erik is a Wisconsin native now leading Victor Emmanual Nature Tours (VENT) nationwide.

Our route will mimic our previous birdathon efforts in which we tallied ~160 species, tapping into the exceptional diversity of habitats and birds the Chequamegon Bay area has to offer. We'll scour waters and sandbars of Chequamegon Bay for ducks, shorebirds, and terns; inland fields and wetlands for meadowlarks, bobolinks, and bitterns; pine barrens for whip-poor-wills, thrashers, and crossbills; woodlands for warblers, thrushes, and vireos; Lake Superior for loons, grebes, and gulls; and.... just about everywhere in between. Who knows what goodies we'll find this year!

Please donate today. The Great Wisconsin Birdathon has raised over $500,000 for Wisconsin's birds since 2012. We have done so much, but there is still so much more to do. Thank you for joining us in making a sustainable future for Wisconsin's birds!

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Donations and Comments

  • Lisa

    about a week ago

    Thanks for all you do for Wisconsin birds!

  • Karen Etter

    about 2 weeks ago

    Hope you don't have any ICE this year. Haha! Have a GREAT day, whenever it is.

  • Sharon

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  • Rosemary and Lee

    about a month ago


  • James

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  • Pam

    about a month ago

    Keep up the good work.

  • Sheree

    about a month ago

    Thank you for your work!

  • hw

    about a month ago

    great work Erik

  • Ellen

    about a month ago

    Do it! Wait! Okay, wait until it’s safe!


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  • Cathy

    about a month ago

    Stay well my bird friends!

Team Information

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