Great Wisconsin Birdathon
How it works
The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is Wisconsin’s largest fundraiser for bird conservation. Each year bird enthusiasts from across the state form teams with the goal of finding as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period while raising important funds for bird conservation.
It’s like a walk-a-thon-style fundraiser, but instead of logging miles, you’re logging bird sightings!
Birdathon teams can participate any day from April 15th to June 15th, and all skill levels are welcome to join! Teams can bird anywhere – a backyard, local park, or a route to hit all their favorite birding hot spots. Both novice and expert birders can have fun and make a difference in protecting birds—the Birdathon is for everybody!
The funds raised through the Great Wisconsin Birdathon go to the Bird Protection Fund, which supports our state’s highest priority bird conservation projects.
We’re out to #BringBirdsBack
The Great Wisconsin Birdathon began in 2012 and since then has raised more than $700,000 for bird protection in Wisconsin.
The funds are collected and managed by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin through the Bird Protection Fund.
Projects supported by the Bird Protection Fund include conservation of Wisconsin’s most threatened and endangered bird species; creation and protection of critical breeding, stopover, and overwintering habitat; research and monitoring; and education and outreach.
The Connecticut Warbler is the Birdathon’s 2023 #BirdOfTheYear. One of last year’s grants from the Bird Protection Fund aims to support awareness and research for this rapidly declining species. Photo by Ryan Brady
2022 Birdathon by the Numbers
Dollars raised in 2022
Priority projects received funding
Species of bird found
Interested in sponsoring?
Business sponsorships help cover the behind-the-scenes costs of running the Birdathon, so your donation goes straight to on-the-ground bird conservation efforts. Email us at WIBirdathon@WisConservation.org if your business is interested in becoming a sponsor.
Stories from the Great Wisconsin Birdathon
The Neotropical Flyways Project is studying bird migration to help us understand the needs of migratory birds in their winter habitat.Read More
Whoop whoop! The 2022 Great Wisconsin Birdathon Report is here. 56 teams raised $117,000 during our 10th season of birding for a cause.Read More
Meet Foundation member Jeff Bahls and learn about his passion for wetlands and his Great Wisconsin Birdathon team, the Horicon Marsh Wrens.Read More
Event & Donor Relations Coordinator
Soumi coordinates the Great Wisconsin Birdathon and other special events to engage and inspire a statewide conservation community.
Banner photo by Caitlyn Schuchhardt.