like watching birds? How about supporting conservation? Did
you know that you can do both at the same time? It’s true!
All you have to do is sign up for the
Last year’s top Bird City team
was the Muirland Merlins (Marquette County) who raised an
outstanding $1,317. Overall, the 2015 Birdathon raised
$57,000. Our goal for 2016 is $70,000 –
please help us
Does It Work?
Think of this as a walkathon with
binoculars and a bird book. Participants will spend one day
bird watching between April 15 and June 15. Before heading
out that day, participants collect pledges, either for the
day as a whole or for each species seen, spend the day
birding, and report the number of species seen so that the
pledges can be collected. It’s that simple! We have a web
site to do all the rest of the work and bookkeeping.
Does the Money Go?
50% of the funds your team raises
will go to a local environmental organization, conservation
club, birding or education group, or to support your local
Bird City Wisconsin efforts. These funds can also be donated
directly to Bird City Wisconsin (through the Milwaukee
Audubon Society) if you would like to support the
organization that has done so much for birds and people
across the state and the region.
The other half of the money you
raise goes to the Bird Protection Fund (BPF) of the Natural
Resources Foundation. The BPF is a vital source of funding
for conservation projects in Wisconsin, and without its
annual support Bird City Wisconsin might not be here today.
Can I Go Birding?
You can bird anywhere: your back
yard, an urban park, at work, or anywhere else where you can
find birds. Some teams put on a lot of miles and see an
incredible number of species. Please don’t let this
intimidate you – the twin goals of the Great Wisconsin
Birdathon are to enjoy birding and raise money for
conservation -- so please go birding wherever you will have
the most fun.
I Sign Up?
You can participate either as an
individual or you can form a team.
If you want to participate as an
individual, you will still need to join a team to be able to
register on the website. To join your community’s team,
please look for it in the drop down list during your online
registration. Bird City Wisconsin
has already created 96 teams, one for each Bird City, so
after joining the team from your community you will be all
would like to be your community’s team captain, something
that we highly encourage, please send us an email at
and we will take care of it.
To join a team, fill out the
on the Great Wisconsin
Select your community from the drop
down menu on the upper right under “Fundraising” that asks
“Which team would you like to join?” If you would like the
local 50% of the funds you raise to go directly to Bird City
Wisconsin, please enter Milwaukee Audubon Society in that
need some help convincing your friends, please feel free to
to get them interested in participating!
send us an email if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition to your community
getting to keep
HALF of the money that your team raises, Bird City
Wisconsin is going to sweeten the pot by providing special
prizes for the most active teams:
If you raise over $2,500
your community will receive a new Bird City Wisconsin street
If you raise between $1,000
and $2,500 your community will receive a new Bird City
If you raise between $500
and $1,000 your community will receive one Bird City