The Great Wisconsin Birdathon started in 2012 as a joint effort between the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI). In 2013, birders and donors together raised $56,000 to support seven bird conservation projects in Wisconsin.
Our goal for 2014 is to raise at least $75,000 for Wisconsin's birds and the Bird Protection Fund!
Your efforts--as a birder or donor--enable the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Partners to help birds across the state meet their full lifecycle needs for migrating, breeding, and wintering.
Birds are more than beautiful creatures we like to look at. They pollinate plants, control insects and small mammals, inspire art, boost local economies, devour dead animals, disperse seeds, clue us into environmental changes, and more.
Here are the projects that will benefit from the 2014 Great Wisconsin Birdathon:
For Individuals or Teams
For Organizations and Bird Cities
OFFLINE DONATION GUIDELINES
To donate offline, fill out the offline donation form
for the respective individual or team you wish to donate to, then mail the form and a check made out to the Natural Resources Foundation
to our office at PO Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701.
All donations are tax-deductable allowed by law. Please, send checks only,
no cash donations will be allowed.
HELPFUL GUIDES FOR BIRDING
Need birding area ideas? Have plans to visit and want to know the best trails to linger? The DNR partnered with WBCI to create the Great Wisconsin Birding and Natural Trail guide set (download .pdfs below). Hard copies can be ordered through Travel Wisconsin
WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR BIRDATHON
Make sure to update your species count:
Log in at WIBirdathon.org
- On the left hand side of the page, select "Edit your info"
- Under "Other" on the form, there should be a field that says "How many bird species did you actually see?"
- Fill in the number of species you tallied on your big day then click "Submit Changes" at the bottom of the page
Be sure to share your results with your family and friends! Select "Edit your team page message" on the left
hand side of the page to change your team's website message. Share your species list, total tallied, and
stories of your Birdathon on your page.
BIRDING BLITZ FIELD TRIPS
New to birding or want to learn how an official Birdathon is conducted? Spend a memorable and educational day with experts at birding hotspots during a Birding Blitz Field Trip. Your $87 registration fee includes a $75 tax-deductible donation to support the Bird Protection Fund.
Register online now
through the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Field Trip Program at WisConservation.org
. You must become a member of the Foundation to participate in Field Trips; your membership supports bird conservation in Wisconsin.