By Soumi Gaddameedi, Event & Donor Relations Coordinator, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
As you eagerly await the return of spring, Bird City supporters need to get ready for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! Hosted by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon is our state’s largest fundraiser for bird conservation. Bird enthusiasts across Wisconsin set out to see how many species they can find while raising money to support our state’s highest-priority bird-conservation projects.
The Birdathon is like a walkathon, but instead of logging miles walked, teams log bird sightings. Everyone is welcome; no experience is necessary to participate -- all you need is a love of birds!
Nonprofit organizations, bird clubs, and Bird Cities also have the option to form a team and keep half the funds they raise for their own conservation efforts. Registration opens on March 15, and teams can participate on any day of their choosing between April 15 and June 15 -- the peak of spring migration! Register your team at WIBirdathon.org, and share your fundraising page with friends and family.
Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 to support the Bird Protection Fund, which funds bird-conservation projects including habitat creation, research, monitoring, education, and outreach. Your efforts will support projects protecting Wisconsin’s most imperiled species, such as Connecticut Warblers, Piping Plovers, and Whooping Cranes at every stage of their lifecycle. That means we can support birds here in Wisconsin and all the way to their winter habitat in Central and South America.