Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2020

River Raptors

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Halo River Raptors'  fans!  Challenging times aren't they?  The wonderful thing about being on a river or stream or lake in your kayak or canoe is that you can easily enforce social distancing with one swipe of the paddle cleanly across the top of the water if your teammate ventures too close.  Welcome to our Great Wisconsin Birdathon (GWB) fundraising page!  WE are John and Mary Bates from Manitowish, Curt Meine and Charlie Luthin from the Sauk Prairie/Lodi area, Sumner Matteson (Madison) and Nina Utne (Lily Springs Farm in western WI), Robert Rolley and Karen Mesmer from Baraboo, Jim Knickelbine and Woodland Dunes Nature Center crew from Two Rivers, Royce Calavera and Unquestionably Green from the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, Paul Noeldner and crew from the Madison area, Steve LaValley and crew from South Range, Daryl Christensen and friends from Montello, and Adrian Wydeven and Jan Sharp from the Cable area.

We've always had a hankering for birds, and now after a long time indoors we River Raptors get to work for you while enjoying both the water and birdlife while racking up numbers of species seen and heard through our collective efforts.  You can pledge either a dollar amount per species, or a set amount for the collective effort.  Either way, we appreciate your support of bird conservation projects in Wisconsin!

Unlike last year, this year's GWB will chug along from 15 April to 15 October.  Whatever amount you contribute to the River Raptors will raise awareness for the conservation of Wisconsin birds and the habitats that support them.  No amount is too small as even small contributions add up and will help us reach our River Raptors fund-raising goal of $5,000.  This year, when all is said and done, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon aims to raise $100,000 for bird conservation in Wisconsin. Your contribution supports the priority projects of the Bird Protection Fund:

  • Conservation and management of of endangered Piping Plovers, Whooping Cranes, and Kirtland's Warblers
  • Lake Michigan Waterbird Research
  • Research, education, and habitat protection for neotropical migrant birds in Central and South America
  • Community engagement and habitat protection through Bird City Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II - data analyses and project completion

Thank you! The River Raptors Team


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Donations and Comments

  • Lisa

    about a week ago

    Thanks for all you do for birds!

  • Randy & Barb

    about a week ago

    Have a fun, safe time.

  • Mark

    about 2 weeks ago

    Go River Raptors! Hope you have a great Day!

  • Mark

    about 2 weeks ago

    Stay Well!

  • David

    about 2 weeks ago

    Crepuscular observations will insure I've backed the winning team!

  • Dutton

    about 2 weeks ago


  • Ned & Laura

    about 2 weeks ago

    Hurray for Sumner Matteson, the birder's birder!

  • Erin

    about 2 weeks ago


  • Adelaide

    about 2 weeks ago

    This is to support Sumner Matteson's river trip

  • Steve

    about 2 weeks ago

    thank you all for taking on this challenge of tracking the status of our migrants and soon breeding birds found along our wonderful waters

  • Michael

    about 2 weeks ago

    Keep up the good work River Raptors!

  • Elliott

    about 2 weeks ago


  • Anonymous

    about 2 weeks ago

    Go, find, win.

  • Lisie

    about 3 weeks ago

    Go Raptors go, by whateve means possible!

  • Paul

    about 3 weeks ago

    Go get em Sumner!

  • Inga

    about 3 weeks ago

    Bird is the Word!

  • Jim

    about a month ago

    Good luck and don't tip over!

Team Information

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