(Photo by Jack Bartholmai)

(Photo by Jack Bartholmai)

“Some say there are more important priorities than birds. But bird conservation is a

powerful force for positive change.”

-The State of North America’s Birds – 2016 (stateofthebirds.org)

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. We secure support for bird conservation projects and programs identified as priorities by the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Your support, through a gift to the Bird Protection Fund or the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (April – June) , will help advance bird conservation in our state through our nine priority Bird Protection Fund projects. Together, these projects help meet the full life-cycle needs of Wisconsin’s birds, for breeding, migrating and wintering.

Update! You can read the latest accomplishments of these nine priority projects here.


Thanks to donors like you, the Natural Resources Foundation has provided $1.56 million to bird conservation projects during our 30 years through support from Bird Protection Fund contributions, project grants, and Wisconsin Conservation Endowment proceeds. Recent projects include:

Bird City Wisconsin

Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival

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

Wisconsin Stopover Initiative for Migratory Birds

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II

Wintering-area conservation at Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

Project Snowstorm

Whooping crane reintroduction project

Each year, priorities for Bird Protection Fund support are selected in January. Funds are then raised through the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, gifts, and grants. In December, Bird Protection Fund proceeds are disbursed among all the priority projects.

We invite all bird enthusiasts to support Wisconsin’s birds by giving to the Bird Protection Fund. Please use our online donation form and designate your gift to the Bird Protection Fund. Or send a check, with Bird Protection Fund on the memo line, to Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, PO Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701-2317. For more information, call 866-264-4096.

 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.