(Photo by Jack Bartholmai)

(Photo by Jack Bartholmai)

Here in Wisconsin, 30 percent of our 284 native bird species are identified as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan. Among them are trumpeter swans, spruce grouse, short-eared owls, red-headed woodpeckers, Kirtland’s warblers, and bald eagles.

Scientific reports from national organizations describe the plight of birds as grim, but NOT hopeless. However, we must we act quickly and effectively to reverse their demise. Wisconsin’s Bird Protection Fund supports projects that do just that: advance bird conservation at the statewide level.



You can help by being a part of the 2016 Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Our goal is to raise $70,000 this year for our state’s birds. Or, if you’re looking for winter opportunity, consider one of our wonderful winter/early spring birding field trips!

Your support, through the Bird Protection Fund or the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, helps fund our Bird Protection Fund Priorities.

The Bird Protection Fund secures support for bird conservation projects and programs identified as priorities by authorities such as the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Bird Protection Fund supports the year-round needs of birds for breeding, migrating, and wintering.

Thanks to donors like you, the Bird Protection Fund has provided $920,000 to 14 bird conservation projects since 2008 through support from individuals, foundations, and organizations. The projects include:

Bird City Wisconsin
Golden-Winged Warbler Campaign for Neotropical Migrants
Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail
Important Bird Areas Program
Kirtland’s Warbler Monitoring and Management
Wisconsin Bird Monitoring
DNR Species Guidance Reports for Declining Forest Birds
Trumpeter Swan Monitoring
Wisconsin Stopover Initiative for Migratory Birds
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II
High-resolution videography equipment for bird conservation projects
Wintering-area conservation at Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula
Project Snowstorm
Whooping crane reintroduction project

These discretionary funds are a component of our Foundation’s Bird Conservation Campaign, which provided more than $920,000 to bird conservation in our state since 2008.

We invite all bird enthusiasts to support the birds you care about and enjoy! On behalf of all of our state’s birds, we thank you.