Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019
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Goal $250.00


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Greatest Pewees Birdathon Ever --- 122 species!

The 15 eBird checklists that I did my best to record for the team give a grand total of 122 bird species and over 1000 individual birds logged on eBird.

Our Pewees team does 'Green Birding" staying as local as possible and travelling by bike, foot, kayak, or hybrid. This year was mostly a great deal of walking with some hybrid carpooling. We focused on Northside Madison parks and natural areas including Maple Bluff, Hartmeyer Natural Area, Cherokee Marsh North and South Units, Lakeview Hill, Warner Park and Governors Island with a short carpool trip to nearby Gov Nelson for a reported Sanderling, County M for Meadowlarks and Bobolinks, and the County V Ponds for a wonderful sunset scoping for shorebirds and waterfowl.

Please donate to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon to help support Wisconsin Birds and to celebrate our team's success!

Some of the Days Highlights include
- A Yellow-throated Vireo that greeted us at dawn at the Cherokee North parking lot, and more seen all day
- The Osprey perched at Hickory Island
- Marcus Brown's photo confirming the Pileated
- Barb Noeldner for finding Martins and almost Cedars, and her cue to scope for Rock Pigeons on a silo almost 2 miles away from the Cherokee North pier
- Jan Axelson's Northern Flicker nesting in a snag at Prothonotary pond
- Tim Baker's Hummer of the day at Cherokee South and surprise Sanderling at Gov Nelson
- Kathy Kirshaw's magic making Common Gallinules out of 2 of the County V Pond Cootsh

- Kathy's husband's sighting of 3 Orchard Orioles, the only ones found all day
- B3rian Schneider somehow spotting an almost invisible flock of Cormorants high overhead

- Neldon Eisman and his special Lakeview Hill team for snagging an elusive Scarlet Tanaget

- Anke Keuser, Mike Rewey, Jeanne Mawbey, Tim Nelson and Janet Battista helped bird from home and added Cape May Warbler, Coopers Hawk and Juncos

Much enjoyed the entire day 5:15am to 9:30pm and all the camaraderie hiking Cherokee Marsh and other Northside Madison nature nooks with a bit of Prius carpooling between locations and to Gov Nelson and County V Ponds! Thanks everyone for sharing your humor and persistence and amazing pooled bird observation and identification skills!

Donations to the Pewees help support Wisconsin statewide birding programs as well as local Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner group co-sponsored activities.  We also help support Sumner Matteson's River Raptors.

To raise support and awarenss for Wisconsin's birds, we've joined this walkathon-style fundraiser in which we will try to find as many bird species as possible, on a single day between April 15 and June 15. We'll visit our favorite Wisconsin natural areas, find the birds that live there, and share our love of birds with the community.

Please consider supporting us with a pledge or donation. No amount is too small--even small contributions add up! This year, The Year of the Bird, 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 us in making a sustainable future for Wisconsin's birds!

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


  • Paul (about 3 months ago)

    Please find a Red-headed Woodpecker!

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