31,250 total birds seen

Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2023

$122,000+ raised #ForTheBirds! Read on for the 2023 Birdathon report.

$122,162Raised of $100,000

That's a wrap!

We raised $122,000+ for bird conservation! What a record-breaking year all around: more teams, more birds, and more funds raised. Thank you to all our teams, donors, and sponsors for an incredible 2023 Great Wisconsin Birdathon!

Connecticut warbler photo by Matthew Studebaker

The 2023 Birdathon Report showcases some of the fun stories and successes of the 12th annual Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Enjoy these highlights from our amazing season together with team photos and special stats.

2023 Birdathon Report

Proceeds support high priority bird conservation projects through NRF's Bird Protection Fund. Read our announcement below to learn about the 11 projects funded this year. Thank YOU for making these projects possible!

2023 Bird Protection Fund Grant Recipients

Together, we spotted 274 bird species! 4 teams spotted our Bird of the Year, the Connecticut warbler. Our birders saw 36 special concern species, 11 threatened species, and 9 endangered species.

2023 Species List

Be the first to hear chirps about the 2024 Great Wisconsin Birdathon!

Stay in our flock with Birdathon and NRF news by...

• Following the Great Wisconsin Birdathon on Facebook

• Following @wisconservation on Instagram or Facebook

• Signing up for the Foundation's monthly e-newsletter

Joining NRF as a member!

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.

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Donate #ForTheBirds

Online and check donations will be accepted from March 15 through June 30.

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 2022 priority projects that received funds from last year's Birdathon and see how far your donations go!

Donations are accepted online or via check from March 15 through June 30. 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.)

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Every Dollar Makes a Difference

Connecticut Warblers

There is little known about this warbler due to its seclusive behavior and remote habitat. Previous Birdathoners have funded projects that aim to support awareness and research for this rapidly declining bird. Photo by Brian Collins


Your donation goes to our Bird Protection Fund, making a difference for Wisconsin's imperiled species, like Connecticut Warblers, Whooping Cranes, Piping Plovers, and more.


Questions? Give us a chirp!

You can reach our Event & Donor Relations coordinator, Soumi Gaddameedi, at WIBirdathon@WisConservation.org or by calling 608-409-3144. We're here to help your Birdathon take flight, so please reach out with any questions or for more information!

Be sure to follow the Great Wisconsin Birdathon on Facebook to stay in touch and enjoy highlights from our season together!

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Thank you to our 2023 Great Wisconsin Birdathon sponsors!

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