Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2020

Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019

Breaking records

Signature Teams raised more than ever this year: over $40,000!

Cutright's Old Coots - 168 species, $13,277

Finch Gang - 112 species, $5,202

Lake Superior eBirders - 161 species, $7,787

River Raptors - 143 species, $6,319

Scan da Avians - 133 species, $4,348

Secretary Birds - 193 species, $1,800


Top 5 fundraising teams (non-Signature):

Up North Hammerheads - $2,820

Wausau Nutcrackers - $2,324

Goss Hawks - $2,268

Baraboo Rangers - $2,085

Jenn's Warbler Warriors - $1,920


Top 5 birding teams:

MuirLand Merlins -175 species

Wausau Nutcrackers - 136 species

Walks in the Parks - 123 species

Trumpeter Swan Song - 122 species

Peddling Paddling Prius Pewees - 122



Appreciating our parks

  • The Goss Hawks (Ben Goss Bird Club) partnered with Waukesha County Parks. Team members visited 15 parks, finding 108 species and raising $2,268, half of which will go to planting trees in Waukesha County.

  • For the third year, Noel J. Cutright Bird Club's Walks in the Parks visited Ozaukee County Parks to find 123 species and raise $1,225, half of which supports the Breeding Bird Atlas II.


Engaging young birders

  • Wilder York, a 10-year-old boy with autism and a passion for birds, lead the team of (former) non-birders, Wilder's Wild Warbler Watchers, to find 15 species and raise $295.

  • Mr. Dargatz's Nature Kindergarten completed their second Birdathon service-learning project, able to identify 40 birds and raise $120.

  • The MadTown Peeps gathered up $930 and 32 species, including nesting Merlins!


Supporting local projects

These organizations fielded Birdathon teams, and half their earnings will go toward their own projects, including land protection and stewardship, education, outreach, and more.

  • Madison Audubon Society: Out of the Owl-ffice, Phoebes, Reckless Wrens, Oat Soakers, Trumpeter Swan Song, Biblioloons.
  • Madison Friends of Urban Nature: Peddling Paddling Prius Pewees
  • North Lakeland Discovery Center: Up North Hammerheads
  • Wausau Bird Club: Wausau Nutcrackers
  • Muirland Bird Club: MuirLand Merlins
  • BenGoss Bird Club: Goss Hawks
  • Mequon Nature Preserve
  • Northeast Wisconsin Birding Club
  • Tropical Wings
  • Baraboo Ranger Preservation Association: Baraboo Rangers
  • Noel J. Cutright Bird Club: A Walk in the Parks


Trying new things. . .

  • New "classic logo" Birdathon t-shirts raised $85 in this pilot year.

  • Mark Westphal won our first photo contest for his photo of an Up North Hammerhead


Experiencing Wisconsin's wonders

Special fundraising field trips by the Natural Resources Foundation raised $20,000 for the Bird Protection Fund. Participants banded Common Terns, hummingbirds, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Northwoods migrants; learned bird photography techniques; paddled and biked to see birds; and visited Frog Bay, the nation's first Tribal National Park.


Sharing bird stories


Thanking our local business sponsors

Thanks to these local businesses that sponsored Birdathon teams! Please patronize these establishments that support bird conservation.

  • Northern Native Plantscapes, Shorewood, WI
  • Cates Family Farm, Spring Green, WI
  • The Corner Mercantile, Lake Mills, WI
  • Shannon Freimuth Agency, Montello, WI
  • Captain Jacks BBQ, Montello, WI
  • Big Sky Sales, Wausau, WI
  • GeoBotany Systems, West Bend, WI
  • Knab Insurance Agency, Merrill, WI
  • Water Otter Inn, Washburn, WI
  • Blue Ox Forestry, Dodgeville, WI
  • Pheasant Pines, Mosinee, WI
  • Jeanna's American Legion Bar, Montello, WI
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, Wausau WI
  • Napralla Tire Inc., Montello, WI
  • Holliday Shopping Center True Value, Montello, WI
  • Thanks to HyVee Midvale for donating the Birdathon-themed cake to Birds Beers, and Great Dane East, Madison, for hosting.