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How Madisonians can participate in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon

Whether you’re a birding enthusiast or just want to get outside for a good cause, consider getting involved in this year’s Great Wisconsin Birdathon.

A hummingbird, up-close, mid-flight

Bird is the word in Wisconsin. | Photo by Aaron Frey (AMF Photos)

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is upon us. Since 2012, the state’s biggest bird conservation fundraiser has relied on bird lovers to form or contribute to teams that raise funds and awareness for the conservation of our feathered friends.

In 2023, $122,162 was raised. A few funding recipients included:

  • Audubon Great Lakes
  • BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin
  • International Crane Foundation
  • SELVA
  • SOS Save Our Songbirds

Gather your bird herd

Participation is free and accessible to nature lovers of all ages. Once you find a group to bird with, simply make an account and register your team. Fundraising and birding will take place Monday, April 15-Saturday, June 15.

Where to bird

Not sure where to start? The City of Madison Parks Division puts on weekly Bird and Nature Adventures. These free family-friendly events last about 90 minutes and participants get a guided walking tour of some of Madison’s parks.

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, April 6 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Tenney Park Beach, 1330 Sherman Ave.
  • Sunday, April 7 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Cherokee Marsh, 6098 N. Sherman Ave.
  • Saturday, April 13 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Owen Conservation Park, 6021 Old Sauk Rd.
  • Sunday, April 14 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Turville Point, 1156 Olin Turville Ct.
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