Binoculars up! Be a part of the Great Wisconsin Birdathon and help raise money for our stateís feathered friends.
© D.Z. Johnson
Great Wisconsin Birdathon
This May, do your best to give back to birds.
Bird-a-thon: Helping Wisconsinís birds by spending any portion of a 24-hour period in May observing birds and soliciting pledges for the total number of species seen.
Itís easy and fun, and all at Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2013
If you love the bald eagles and egrets nesting along our waterways, take joy in finches, chickadees or woodpeckers visiting your backyard feeder, or long to hear greater prairie chickens and bobolinks in our prairies, itís time to do your part to help Wisconsinís birds – by participating in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.
Here are some great ways YOU can help:
- Are you a novice birder who would like to do a Birdathon with an expert guide? Join a guided Big Day Field Trip with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. We hope you will raise at least $100 in pledges. Donít worry. We make it easy for you! You can create a personalized webpage and ask your friends to support your birding efforts – all through the Birdathon website.
- Are you a seasoned birder who knows your grouse from your grebes? Register to do the Great Wisconsin Birdathon on your own or start a team. Create a personalized webpage and easily send emails or tweets, post videos and photos, or whatever it takes to bring in pledges. Then get birding!
- Want to support the entire Great Wisconsin Birdathon? Pledge to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon Team and your pledge will be calculated using the total number of species seen by all the teams combined!
- No time to bird but want to donate? Pledge to a regional Celebrity Team, and they will bird on your behalf. You can check each teamís webpage to keep up-to-date on their happenings.
The common redpoll is an active foager.
© Ryan Brady
Birdathon Celebrity Teams
- Eagle Optics Team Ė Bird So Hard: Mike McDowell, Ben Lizdas, David LaPuma, Jessica Gorzo and Max Henschell
- Hawkeye and the Ancient Murrelets (southeast Wisconsin): Noel Cutright, Carl Schwartz, Tom Uttech and Seth Cutright
- Lake Superior Team: Ryan Brady, Nick Anich, Dick Verch and Steve Hoecker
- Lower Chippewa River Team: Bill Hogseth and Steve Betchkal
- Madison Green Team: Sumner Matteson and Tod Highsmith
- Northern Highlands Team: Scott Craven, Jamie Nack and David Drake
- Raven Loonatics (Southwest Team): Craig Thompson, Armund Bartz and Eric Epstein
All donations and pledges are tax-deductible and are handled simply and securely online. You can pledge or start a team at any time. But all birding must be done during a single 24-hour period in May. With your help, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon hopes to raise at least $40,000 for our stateís birds.
Fly on over to Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2013 to get started. Our birds – and all the people who appreciate them – thank you!
Maria Sadowski is the director of communications at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.