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:
Every birder and every donation makes a difference. It's fun and easy to participate!
Click here for a full summary of all Bird Protection Fund projects. 

For Individuals or Teams
  • Individual and Team Guidelinesall the details on how to plan, count, and report your results
  • Species checklist
  • Template message for requesting pledges
  • Offline Donation Form  -
    for donors who prefer to pledge/donate by check
  • Pledge Sheet for Events and In-Person Use 
    For Organizations and Bird Cities
  • Guidelines - all the details on how to plan, count, and report your results
  • Organization Information Form - submit completed form to receive 50% of funds you raise
  • Species Checklist
  • Template message for requesting pledges
  • Offline Donation Form - for donors who prefer to pledge/donate by check
  • Pledge Sheet for Events and In-Person Use 

    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.

    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.

    Make sure to update your species count:
    • Log in at
    • 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.
    Send us your stories and photos! We love to see birders in action. Email them to

    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 You must become a member of the Foundation to participate in Field Trips; your membership supports bird conservation in Wisconsin.

    Have a question? Email or call us toll free at (866) 264-4096.