Category Archives: Great Wisconsin Birdathon

Bird Protection Fund Updates

Check out these progress updates on the Natural Resources Foundation’s Bird Protection Fund priority projects, made possible thanks to donors to this year’s Great Wisconsin Birdathon.  Click here for the final report on the 2016 Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Kirtland’s Warbler Monitoring and Management The Kirtland’s warbler is a federally endangered bird that has been known to nest in Wisconsin since 2007. This project is an effort to annually monitor breeding pairs and nests, control cowbird...

The biggest, baddest Big Day

By Lindsay Renick Mayer, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin It is 4 a.m. and I’m standing in the middle of an empty Wisconsin road waxing philosophical through chattering teeth with two of Wisconsin’s best birders. We’re listening for different species of birds and talking about Aldo Leopold, specifically his fondness for sitting outside this time of night, communing with the birds during their beautiful dawn chorus as they welcome the morning light of the new...

The birding bond: Father and son together take on the Great Wisconsin Birdathon

By Matt Reetz, executive director of the Madison Audubon Society, Foundation guest blogger I’m pulled from a deep slumber by a gentle tapping on my elbow. I can hear a faint whisper. My fog lifts slowly and my squinted eyes adjust enough to find the clock. It’s 5:58am on a Sunday. There is a small, adorable person at my bedside. “Daddy…” he whispers again softly. I am able to muster a garbled “Yeah, buddy?” in...

Birding trash talk: 24-hour Big Day Birdathon

Two hot-shot birding teams in Wisconsin went head-to-head to see who could find more bird species in 24 hours, while raising funds for bird conservation. A communications professional joined each team to live tweet the event…and exchange some friendly birding trash talk. Follow along on the Storify: [<a href=”//storify.com/WisConservation/big-day-teams-competition” target=”_blank”>View the story “Wisconsin Big Day competition 2015” on Storify</a>]...

The Breeding Bird Atlas II needs you!

By Diane Packett & Lisa Gaumnitz It may only be January, but over here at the Natural Resources Foundation, we’re already working with our wonderful partners to get ready for this year’s Great Wisconsin Birdathon. If you’re looking to get involved before the Birdathon kickoff in April, consider connecting with one of the Birdathon’s priority projects–the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. The first Atlas, completed in 2005, was a massive five-year effort of more than 1,600 surveyors (mostly volunteers) that documented...