Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.

Adopt a Block Needy Blocks Take 4THE NEED: The dedicated efforts of more than 1,525 volunteers have brought us a long way since 2015, but with two years of field work to go, we still have hundreds of blocks to complete. (See map). 

THE CHALLENGE: Completing surveys of those blocks will ensure coverage of the entire state. Some of them may even harbor rare breeders found during Atlas I but not yet confirmed for Atlas II, including Northern Pintail, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow Rail, Barn Owl, Worm-eating Warbler, Nelson’s Sparrow, Lesser Scaup, Western Grebe, Snowy Egret and Great Gray Owl, among others. We need to survey those blocks! The Adopt-a-Block campaign will directly support that effort.

WHAT THAT WILL TAKE: We need the time and skills of paid professional ornithologists to conduct breeding bird surveys for at least 20 hours in each of several hundred unsurveyed or under-surveyed blocks (9 square-miles each). The field survey data collected by paid atlasers will be recorded on the custom-designed Wisconsin Atlas eBird site.


1) Adopt a “most-wanted” block. We have a list of our 50 “most-wanted” unsurveyed or under-surveyed blocks (shown in blue on map). With your financial support, we will assign an expert birder to survey one of these blocks and send the block description and results to you.

2) Adopt any block because its location is of interest or importance to you. Provide us your preferred block name (if you know it), or just an address or the name of a park or lake (or other geographic feature) and we will pinpoint the block location and assign it to you. We will provide you with the block’s name, a location map and its current Atlas results (but with no guarantee that additional survey work will be done in that block). You may choose a site or block where you have personally atlased or that is special to someone you want to honor or memorialize.

WHAT YOUR ADOPTION WILL COST: $600 per block -- the cost to hire a professional ornithologist to survey the important, often hard-to-reach, blocks. You may pay with a one-time payment or in two installments.

WHAT YOU WILL GET: Prominent recognition in all published forms of the second Atlas and personal satisfaction in helping complete the largest citizen science project in state history that will, in turn, shape conservation planning in Wisconsin over the next two decades. 


Choose one of two easy ways to complete the adoption process:

  1. Download the PDF of the contribution form and mail in your information.
  2. Fill out the form below and pay via credit card or PayPal.

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