Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019
Please note: donations are not being accepted by this participant at this time.

Goal $500.00


The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory strongly supports the Great Wisconsin Birdathon and the Bird Protection Fund through several events each year, including through the Observatory World Bird Day birdathon at our annual World Migratory Bird Day celebration at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve on Lake Michigan  just north of Port Washington in Ozaukee County.

This year's event on Sunday, May 19 was an opportunity to buy native plants, hear great speakers and go on fun bird hikes where the species tallied were ecorded and donations sought for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon . Proceeds from the plant sale, rummage and craft tables will support the Observatory's monitoring and research initiatives. All other activities are free. Food is available.

Five bird hikes were conducted by Bill Mueller, the observatory director; Calvin Brennan, the observatory’s waterbird watch technician; and Joel Trick, retired USFWS biologist and former observatory board member. 84 species were recorded on the property between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Since the property was converted a decade ago from a failing golf course into a multi-habitat migratory preserve, 257 bird species have been recorded on the 100+ acre property owned by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and open to the public.

Here is the bird list from May 19, 2019:

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal



Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Sandhill Crane


Solitary Sandpiper

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Caspian Tern

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Turkey Vulture

Great Horned Owl

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American Kestrel

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

N. Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren

Sedge Wren

Eastern Bluebird


Gray-cheeked Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

House Sparrow

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Eastern Meadowlark

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird   

Brown-headed Cowbird   

Common Grackle


Tennessee Warbler  

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Black-throated Green Warbler

Northern Cardinal





Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
4970 Country Club Rd.
Port Washington, Wisconsin

Find the preserve on a Google map.

Please consider supporting the Bird Protection Fund with a pledge or donation. No amount is too small--even small contributions add up! This year the Great Wisconsin Birdathon aims to raise $90,000 for bird conservation and research in Wisconsin. Your contribution supports the priority projects of the Bird Protection Fund, including:

  • Conservation of endangered Kirtland's Warblers, Whooping Cranes, and Piping Plovers;
  • Research, education, and habitat protection in Central and South America;
  • Monitoring of shorebirds, waterbirds, endangered terns;
  • Community engagement and habitat protection through Bird City Wisconsin;
  • The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon has raised over $400,000 for Wisconsin's birds since 2012! We have done so much, but there is still so much more to do. Thank you for joining me in making a sustainable future for Wisconsin's birds!



If you are unable to donate online, please click here for the offline donation form.


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Number of pledges received: 4
Goal achievement: 42%
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Days since event: 69
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