Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2020

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Thank you for your interest in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! The Birdathon has raised over half a million dollars for important bird conservation projects since 2012. Conservation through birdwatching - it couldn't be more simple. You can get involved by donating to a team, making a general donation, purchasing your Kirtland's Warbler swag, or registering your own team

In light of COVID-19, please refer to our guidance on conducting a safe and fun Birdathon this year.

1. Form a Team

Recruit friends, family, co-workers or birding buddies to join you on your Birdathon - you'll pick a single day between April 15 - October 15 to participate. All skills levels are welcome. Visit our Registration page to get started.

2. Create Your Personal Fundraising Page

This is your chance to tell your story! Most people donate because they are supporting YOU. Explain why you have chosen to participate, what the event or cause means to you and how their contribution will be used. Here is what to include:

  • Personal photo
  • Explanation of why you are participating in the Birdathon
  • Fundraising goal
  • Date of your Birdathon event
  • Contact information

For more detailed information on setting up your fundraising page, please read the Website User Guide.

3. Request Donations

Get the word out, far and wide! Send a personalized email message to friends and family or post on social media about your Birdathon team. Your heartfelt appeal asking them to donate can have a real impact on meeting your fundraising goal. Be sure to always include the link to your personal fundraising page or a PDF copy of the donation form.

Below are some requests from past participants as well as templates for you to input your team information into and share.

4. Plan Your Route

Your Birdathon route can be as simple as walking your neighborhood or local park, birding in your backyard, or you can bike to as many birding hotspots within a 24-hour period as possible. Please be sure to keep public health guidelines in mind while planning your route and keep up to date with our advice on safe birding!

5. Get Down to Business

Pick any day from April 15 - October 15. We recommend starting early, before the heat of the day, when birds are most active. Keep a list of the birds that you detected during your event - you can download a checklist here or use eBird to contribute your data to conservation research. If you want, post about your Birdathon on social media throughout the day using the hashtag #WIBirdathon. See lots of birds and have fun!

6. Wrap Up

Send your checklist to the Birdathon Coordinator. It's fun to see how many species total were found all over Wisconsin! Be sure to thank your donors for their generosity and include a quick summary of your big day. You can send an email to as many donors as you want through your personal account.