Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019

"If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world."

--- Thomas Lovejoy, Conservation Biologist and "Godfather of Biodiversity"





Why Birdathon?

We believe that birds are valuable and NEED OUR HELP. The Natural Resources Foundation's Great Wisconsin Birdathon unites thousands of birders, conservationists, and people across Wisconsin who cherish our state's wildlife and natural wonders. Each spring individuals and organizations create teams to find as many bird species as possible in a single day, while raising funds to support priority bird conservation projects in Wisconsin.

Our Fundraising Goal

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is an annual walkathon-style fundraiser that has raised over $400,000 for bird protection since 2012! In fact, we raised over $88,000 for the Bird Protection Fund in 2018 alone! Read the 2018 Birdathon report  for all the stories.

Our goal this year is to raise at least $90,000 through team donations, sponsorships, and Bird Protection Fund field trips!

Donations will be accepted through June 30, 2019.


New for 2019 - Birdathon T-Shirts! 

We're partnering with Bonfire this year to offer t-shirts for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Birdathon. For our pilot year we have the classic logo, but in the future we may expand to other designs. Share the Birdathon everywhere you go! Click on the shirt to order.

Top birding teams:

Secretary Birds - 193 species

Muirland Merlins - 175

Cutright's Old Coots - 168

Lake Superior eBirders - 161

River Raptors - 143

Wausau Nutcrackers - 136

Scan da Avians - 133


Top fundraising teams:

Rank Team Name Amount
#1 Cutright's Old Coots $13,276.80
#2 Lake Superior eBirders $7,786.75
#3 River Raptors $6,319.00
#4 Finch Gang $5,202.00
#5 Scan da Avians $4,347.50
#6 Up North Hammerheads - NLDC $2,820.00
#7 Wausau NutCrackers - Wausau Bird Club $2,324.25
#8 Goss Hawks - Ben Goss Bird Club $2,268.00
#9 Baraboo Rangers - BRPA $2,085.00
#10 Jen's Warbler Warriors $2,020.00
#11 Muirland Merlins $1,831.00
#12 Secretary Birds $1,800.00
#13 Winnowing Whippersnappers $1,300.00
#14 TRUMPeter Swan Song - Madison Audubon $1,226.00
#15 A Walk in the Parks / Noel J Cutright Bird Club $1,225.00
#16 Thunderbirds Are Go $968.00
#17 Madtown Peeps $930.00
#18 Millennial Falcons $920.60
#19 Foundation Flamingos $920.00
#20 Office of Great Warblers $884.00


The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.  

Photo credits: Home page, Ryan Brady. Default Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Oriole photos, Jack Bartholmai.

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