Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2018
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Goal $500.00


Welcome to The Reckless Wrens fundraising page! We love birds and the places they live, and believe they're important to us in many ways. We want to help ensure that birds who spend all or part of the year in Wisconsin have all the resources they need to survive and thrive!

Our 6th Great Wisconsin Birdathon was a great success!  We went out on May 13th, searching at Goose Pond, Otsego Marshand, and Erstad Prairie, all of which are Madison Audubon sanctuary properties in Columbia County.  We also checked some other spots in the county that we knew might have some special birds.  The grand total was 122 species!  (The list is posted below.)

It's not too late to consider supporting the team 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.  Half of your donation supports Madison Audubon Society.  The other half 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!

White-fronted Goose 


Eastern Bluebird 

Canada Goose

Black-necked Stilt*

Hermit Thrush 

Mute Swan 

Spotted Sandpiper 

American Robin 

Trumpeter Swan

Solitary Sandpiper 

Gray Catbird 

Wood Duck 

Greater Yellowlegs 

Brown Thrasher 


Lesser Yellowlegs 

European Starling 



Yellow Warbler

Blue-winged Teal 

Short-billed Dowitcher 

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Northern Shoveler 

Wilson's Snipe 

Magnolia Warbler

Northern Pintail 

Wilson's Phalarope

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Green-winged Teal 

Black Tern

Black-throated Green Warbler


Rock Pigeon 

Blackburnian Warbler

Ring-necked Duck 

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Palm Warbler

Lesser Scaup 

Mourning Dove 

Black-and-white warbler

White-winged Scoter (?)

Great Horned Owl 

American Redstart


Barred Owl 

Prothonotary Warbler

Hooded Merganser 

Chimney Swift 

Common Yellowthroat

Ruddy Duck 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 

Chipping Sparrow 

Ring-necked Pheasant 

Belted Kingfisher 

Clay-colored Sparrow 

Wild Turkey 

Red-headed Woodpecker 

Field Sparrow 

Pied-billed Grebe 

Red-bellied Woodpecker 

Savannah Sparrow 

Horned Grebe 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 

Grasshopper Sparrow 

Red-necked Grebe

Downy Woodpecker 

Song Sparrow 

Double-crested Cormorant 

Hairy Woodpecker 

White-crowned Sparrow 

American White Pelican

Northern Flicker 

Scarlet Tanager 

American Bittern

Pileated Woodpecker 

Northern Cardinal 

Great Blue Heron 

Great Crested Flycatcher 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 

Great Egret

Eastern Kingbird 

Indigo Bunting 

Green Heron 

Warbling Vireo 


Turkey Vulture 

Blue Jay 

Red-winged Blackbird 


American Crow 

Eastern Meadowlark 

Bald Eagle 

Horned Lark 

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Northern Harrier 

Tree Swallow 

Rusty Blackbird 

Cooper's Hawk 

Cliff Swallow 

Common Grackle 

Red-tailed Hawk 

Barn Swallow 

Brown-headed Cowbird 

American Kestrel 

Black-capped Chickadee 

Baltimore Oriole 


White-breasted Nuthatch 

Purple Finch 

Common Gallinule 

House Wren 

House Finch 

American Coot 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 

Pine Siskin 

Sandhill Crane 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Goldfinch 


House Sparrow 


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


  • Bonney and Bill (about 6 months ago)

    Go Wrens!

  • Carolyn (about 6 months ago)

    Happy Birding to the Reckless Wrens especially to Jim & Kathy!

  • Karen and Mark (about 6 months ago)

    Make it a wrennaissance day! (sorry we are late)...

  • Barbara (about 6 months ago)

    Goof luck and have fun! B and B

  • Heidi (about 6 months ago)

    Go Reckless Wrens! Happy counting!

  • Deb (about 6 months ago)

    I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail.

  • Gary (about 7 months ago)

    Thanks to Jim Shurts for all that he does on behalf of conservation!

  • Harlan and Susan (about 7 months ago)

    Great cause!

  • Janet (about 7 months ago)

    Good luck and thank you for helping the birds. Janet

  • Madeline (about 7 months ago)

    Hope you see a Peregrine! And lots of other things :)

  • Jim (about 9 months ago)

    Go Wrens!!!

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Goal achievement: 164%
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