Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019

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

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

Thanks to everyone who made the 2019 Great Wisconsin Birdathon a success! Together we raised $85,652 for bird conservation in Wisconsin and beyond!

  • 660 donors from 29 states --and Ireland!-- contributed to their favorite teams
  • Our six Signature Teams raised almost $39,000 for the Bird Protection Fund
  • 18 Organizational teams raised $16,400, half of which will go back to their organizations for local projects
  • 27 Field Trips and winter tours brought in $20,300 in donations to the Bird Protection Fund


Read the 2019 report and check out the results and stories!


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 $1,920.00
#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 2019 Birdathon is closed to donations (except for outstanding pledges), but you can support the Bird Protection Fund at any time by visiting the Natural Resources Foundation donation portal and choosing "Bird Protection Fund" as the special purpose for your donation.


Why Birdathon?

We believe that birds are valuable and NEED OUR HELP. The Natural Resources Foundation's Great Wisconsin Birdathon is an annual walkathon-style fundraiser that 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.

The Birdathon is for everyone: individuals, friends and families, classrooms and clubs. Every pledge and donation you raise supports bird conservation and research projects in Wisconsin and beyond. With your help, we have raised over $500,000 for bird conservation and research since 2012!

Join us next year for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon -- coming April 2020!


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