Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2022
2,674 total birds seen
April 15 - June 15 | Join bird enthusiasts across Wisconsin as we help bring birds back! #WIBirdathon
$67,206Raised of $100,000
Go birding for a cause!
When you join the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, you're participating in the largest fundraiser for bird conservation in Wisconsin. Since 2012, the Birdathon has raised over half a million dollars and engaged thousands of individuals in protecting our state's most threatened and endangered species. This year, we're proudly celebrating a decade of the Birdathon and we invite you to join us in raising another $100,000+ for our feathered friends!
Funds raised through the Great Wisconsin Birdathon go directly to the Natural Resources Foundation's Bird Protection Fund, which supports Wisconsin's highest priority bird conservation projects. Your birding will make a difference by supporting the protection of Piping Plovers, Kirtland's Warblers, Whooping Cranes, and so much more.
Are you ready to make your birds count?
View our 2022 teams
These Birdathon teams represent families, friends, bird clubs, Bird Cities, and organizations statewide who are showing up for Wisconsin's birds.
Can't find someone you're looking for? Use the search bar above!
How it works
The Great Wisconsin Birdathon engages individuals and communities to raise support and awareness for bird conservation in Wisconsin. Anyone can participate by donating to a team or forming a team to count birds. It's like a walk-a-thon style fundraiser, but instead of logging miles, our participants are logging bird sightings! 🦅
Birdathon teams can participate any day between April 15th to June 15th. While most teams choose to compete over a 24-hour period, many teams opt to bird over the course of a weekend, a week, or even the entirety of the Birdathon!
How, when, and where you bird is up to you. Whether you're backyard birding over the course of a week or planning a route to hit all your favorite hotspots in one day, it all counts! Participation is free and all skill levels are welcome to join! From beginning birders to seasoned scouters, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon is for everyone.
Want to help us reach our $100,000 goal? You can donate directly to a team or make a general donation. New this year, you can also make pledges and support your friends with a donation for every bird species they find. (Make them work hard for those funds!)
Donations go to our Bird Protection Fund. This fund provides critical support for high priority bird conservation projects that benefit Wisconsin's birds throughout their lifecycles. That means we can support birds on their breeding grounds here in Wisconsin, all the way to their migratory habitat in Central and South America!
Want to learn more? Read about the 2021 priority projects that received funds from last year's Birdathon and see just how far your donation can go!
Donations are accepted online or via check. Check donations can be made payable to "Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin" and mailed to: Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, ATTN: Great Wisconsin Birdathon, 211 S Paterson St, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53703. (Please include the name of the team/individual you are supporting on the Memo line.)
We "give a whoop!" when it comes to bringing cranes back! Our Birdathoners are helping fund the recovery of the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes, from tracking crane pairs, to monitoring nests, to rearing chicks, and more! Photo by Bruce Bartel
Your donation goes to our Bird Protection Fund, making a difference for Wisconsin's imperiled species, like Whooping Cranes, Kirtland's Warblers, Piping Plovers, and more.
Giving back to birds ... and communities!
Nonprofits, bird clubs, and Bird Cities that participate as teams in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon are eligible to keep 50% of the funds they raise. They're able to put their earnings back into local conservation, education, and outreach in their own communities. The other 50% goes to our Bird Protection Fund.
Learn more about this opportunity and if your team might qualify in our Organizational Team Guide.
Birdathon Resource Hub
Need some help? Utilize these handy resource guides to help make the most of your Birdathon.
- Getting Started Guide — Five easy steps and you're good to go. This is recommended reading if you're new to the Birdathon!
- Registration Help — Not sure how to make your team page? View our step-by-step instructions.
- 2022 Birdathon FAQ — Questions? We got you covered.
- Birdathon Inspiration Guide — Want to put a fun spin on your Birdathon day? Get some ideas here.
- Fundraising Guide — Tips and tools to make your fundraising easy, so you can spend more time birding.
- Organizational Team Guide — For participating nonprofits, bird clubs, and Bird Cities only.
- Tips for Classrooms — Discover simple ways to get your classroom involved in the Birdathon.
- Birdathon Species Checklist — Download a list of Wisconsin birds to take with you on your adventure!
Celebrate our #BirdOfTheYear with some gear!
We asked and you answered ... with a big whoop, whoop! We're excited to announce that the Whooping Crane was voted to be our 2022 #BirdOfTheYear!
This iconic species has received support from our Bird Protection Fund since 2011 and we love watching their population grow! Show your support of this species by purchasing a t-shirt or coffee mug from our Bonfire store.
Thanks to local artist Brooke Weiland of Brooke Weiland Studios for designing our 2022 design! Brooke is a Birdathoner herself and also designed our past Kirtland's Warbler and Piping Plover designs.
Mary Asbach donated $25 to Nick Anich
5 hours ago
Walker MacBeath donated $25 to Catherine Garvens
In honor of our former coworker, Mark Lefebvre.
7 hours ago
DAVID LINDERUD donated $25 to Steve Betchkal
Steve, thanks to you and your team for all you do for birds!!!!
9 hours ago
Melissa and Chris Gibson pledged $0.25 per bird seen (est $25) to Rowan Gibson
Go West Whip-poor-wills! 142 Species is Amazing!
9 hours ago
Bob and Carol Mead donated $100 to Good Godwits
10 hours ago
Questions? Give us a chirp!
You can reach our Birdathon coordinator, Caitlyn Schuchhardt, at WIBirdathon@WisConservation.org or by calling 608-409-3144. No question is too small. We're here to help your Birdathon take flight, so please reach out if you've got questions or need more information!
Be sure to follow the Great Wisconsin Birdathon on Facebook to stay in touch and enjoy highlights from our season together!
Thank you to our sponsors!
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. Know of a business that would like to be a sponsor? Email us at WIBirdathon@WisConservation.org.