The Bird Protection Fund

The Bird Protection Fund supports the highest priority conservation needs for Wisconsin’s birds throughout their lifecycle – from their breeding grounds in Wisconsin, to their migratory habitat in Central and South America.

The Bird Protection Fund is a partnership between the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, and is funded primarily through the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.

This program does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Grantmaking Priorities:

  • Projects that demonstrate a significant impact on Wisconsin’s threatened and endangered bird populations.
  • Projects that leverage resources and partnerships.
  • Projects that have measurable outcomes.

Current Bird Protection Fund Projects:

  • Bird City Wisconsin
  • Endangered Tern Conservation
  • Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery
  • Lake Michigan Waterbird Monitoring
  • Latin America Migratory Bird Habitat Research
  • Piping Plover Conservation
  • Whooping Crane Recovery
  • Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II

Bird Protection Fund passes the $1 million mark for Wisconsin bird conservation

[September 6, 2018] The Bird Protection Fund—a collaboration of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—has raised and distributed $1,014,566 for bird conservation since it was created in 2009. [DOWNLOAD FULL RELEASE]

Great Wisconsin Birdathon

Help raise support and awareness for birds by participating in, or contribution to, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. This annual walk-a-thon style fundraiser is fun, easy, and brings in tens of thousands of dollars for bird conservation every year.

Caitlin Williamson

Caitlin Williamson

Director of Conservation Programs

(608) 409-3109
[email protected]

Cait oversees the Foundation’s grant programs and initiatives for conservation and environmental education, ensuring that our investments are science-based, strategic, and impactful. Cait’s work encompasses conservation science and planning, partnership development and capacity building.