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.

->The results are in! Over 70 teams and 180+ birders have participated.
->The youngest team member was Maggie Paulios, age 9, on the Bird City: McFarland team.

->The oldest team member was Jean Clausen, age 98, who helped the Mazomanie Mavens find 65 species from her kitchen table just feet from the Wisconsin River.

Maggie Paulios during the McFarland Birdathon. Photo credit: Andy Paulios
->Team Bird So Hard found the most species - 192! Congratulations to David La Puma, Max Henschell, Paul Schilke, Quentin Yoerger, and Tom Prestby for this amazing effort.

->Cutright's Old Coots raised the most money at $5,439. Congratulations to Carl Schwartz, Tom Uttech, Joan Somner, and Marilyn Bontly for their 21-hour Birdathon, dedicated to the late Noel Cutright.

->Bill Mueller coordinated the Long Walk for Birds, which involved 40 birders who walked segments ofa 300+ mile long route from Kenosha to Marinette. The Long Walk team raised $9,521 of their $10,000 goal.

->Lydia Martin, a 15 year old from Mt. Horeb, did her second Great Wisconsin Birdathon as a 4-H project and raised $616.

->The Natural Resources Foundation staffers fielded the first ever Foundation Flamingos team!

->This year's Birdathon involved 10 Bird Cities, 11 Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative organizations, 7 Signature Teams, 8 Birding Blitz field trips, 39 Oriole Count teams, and 20 individual teams!

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. 

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.
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