Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2020

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Thank you for your interest in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! This event has raised more than $500,000 for important bird conservation projects since 2012. Your participation in this walk-a-thon-style fundraiser helps to protect Wisconsin's birds. Conservation through birdwatching - it couldn't be more simple. Ready to get started?

1. Form A Team

Recruit friends, family, co-workers or birding buddies to join you. 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 potential donors donate because they are supporting YOU. Explain why you have chosen to participate, what the event or charity means to you and how their contribution will be used. Here is what to include:

  • Personal photo
  • Explanation of why you are doing this
  • Fundraising goal
  • Fundraising thermometer - to show your progress
  • Instructions on how to donate
  • Contact information
  • Donation form for those that prefer to pay by check

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

3. Contact Potential Donors

Send a personalized email message to friends and family about your cause. Your heartfelt appeal in asking them to make a donation can have a real impact in meeting your fundraising goal. Be sure to include a link to your personal fundraising page. 

For more helpful tips on fundraising, please read Fundraising Tips from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Here are some examples of donation requests from past Birdathon participants:

Email request

Email request 2

Email request 3

Facebook post

Personal letter

Sample donation request from DoJiggy Pledge software

4. Plan Your Route

Your route can be as simple as walking your neighborhood or local park. Or you can drive to as many birding hotspots within a 24-hour period as possible. The choice is yours!

5. Get Down To Business

Pick any day from April 15-June 15, preferably with favorable weather conditions - not too windy and preferably no precipitation. Start 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 an Excel checklist here. 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.