Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2018
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Goal $1,200.00


Welcome to our Great Wisconsin Birdathon fundraising page! We are excited to be participating again in the Birdathon and are busy planning our strategy for the BIG DAY.  One thing for sure we will be using all 24 hours! We plan to bird somewhere around May 17th depending on the weather. Donations can be accepted until the end of June.

We are a determined group including Kay Kavanagh, Stuart Malcom, Mary Maertz, and Michael Gray.  This is our third year and we hope to exceed last year's total. We are also hoping 2018 will be the Year of the Warblers for us as the last two years were disappointing for warblers.  Our strategy for this year is to drive less distance, spend more time birding and rack up the species.

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 has set an ambitious goal to raise $100,000 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 and Whooping Cranes;
  • Research, education, and habitat protection in Costa Rica and Peru;
  • Monitoring of shorebirds, waterbirds, and waterfowl on Lake Michigan and in east-central Wisconsin;
  • Community engagement and habitat protection through Bird City Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative;
  • The Wisconsin Bird Monitoring Program and Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.


The Great Wisconsin Birdathon has raised over $300,000 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!

2018 Big Day Report, featuring Kay Kavanagh, Mary Maertz, Stuart Malcom, and Michael Gray.


Our big day started off in the Rush Lake area targeting marsh birds and owls. We were able to pick up Our only Virginia Rails and American Bitterns of the day, along with a Great Horned Owl Stuart picked out with his night vision goggles. In no time we had… 13 species! On the way to Comstock Bog we heard an Eastern Screech Owl and our first of many Barred Owls. We got the Yellow Rails in Comstock very easily, and on the way up we heard the distinctive call of the Henslow’s Sparrow. No less than 4 were singing in the middle of the night. Cool! After this we took a back road to a place there have been Long-Eared Owls in the past. Success! Also, my first nocturnal Ovenbird. We meandered through White River Marsh but got no more birds. We started at dawn at Emmon’s Creek, a place that was fairly new to all of us. Eastern Whip Poor Will called well into sunrise, Scarlet Tanager, Mourning, Blackburnian, Bay-Breasted, and Golden and Blue Winged Warblers, Ruffed Grouse along with the common breeders were all part of a solid start. Next we did Hartman’s Creek, which yielded Pine Warbler and Common Raven, but we missed our scouted Brown Creeper and Red-Shouldered Hawks. 25 minutes later we were on Marsh Road which was a little disappointing, but landed some good ones like Willow Flycatcher, Wilsons Warbler, and 4 unexpected Black Terns. After this we made our way down towards Oshkosh with a couple of stops. We missed a few scouted birds, but picked up Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and Pine siskin in Todd’s yard. Thanks Todd! At Wendt’s along the west shore of Lake Winnebago we got Cattle Egrets among a few other birds we were missing. We needed to take a different route to avoid a train that had stopped, and I am sure glad it was there! A tiny farm pond had Least+Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a gorgeous Hudsonian Godwit! The Bell’s vireo was back at its spot on 45, and we got it in less than a minute. The CTY I pond near Waupun held both Long and Short-Billed Dowitchers, and we finally got the Eurasian Collared Dove that is always reported there. The birds on Highway 49 made us work for them, but we got White-Faced Ibis, Common Gallinule, Dunlin, and more. There were very few ducks unfortunately. The North Kettle Moraines yielded Alder Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, Northern Harrier, and Acadian Flycatcher. Up to Manitowoc ahead of our schedule we got Semipalmated Plover, Marbled Godwit, Bank Swallows, and Peregrine Falcon. Bay Beach and Sensiba SWA were dead, both of which we were relying on to fill in the holes in our list. The decision was unanimous to cut it a little early instead of trying for an American Woodcock or a snipe.


I learned a lot doing this big day, both from the route and our team. We ended with 165 species but had a lot of painful misses for all of the good birds we had, like Belted Kingfisher, Least Bittern, scaup, Glaucous Gull, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker… I’ll stop now. Thank you for everyone who contributed and helped raise money for our birdathon, I look forward to doing it next year!



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  • Karen (about 6 months ago)

    Good Luck, hope you have fun and get lots of great birds!

  • Roger (about 7 months ago)

    Go Karen and Team and WIN!!

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