Our generous donors have sponsored all 239 species in our initial sponsor-a-species campaign. Watch here for a chance to sponsor additional breeding species confirmed during field work for the second edition of the Atlas that were not confirmed during the first edition, such as Western Kingbird and Eared Grebe.
Even though the species are not yet available, here are details about the program, including how to make a payment on your existing pledge.
Although the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II project will be accomplished by thousands of volunteers over a five-year period from 2015 to 2019, there are considerable costs associated with a citizen-science effort of this magnitude. The majority of the funding for this project will come from private sources — people like you who want to make a difference!
An easy and fulfilling way for you to help this effort is to Sponsor a Species. We anticipate that some 240 bird species will be recorded during this five-year survey. Every species has been assigned a sponsorship level pegged to its conservation need and charismatic appeal. You can sponsor one or more of the species that have special meaning for you, your family or organization.
The higher level sponsorship tiers have been established to emphasize the conservation needs of many species in our state. However, more than two-thirds of all species can be sponsored for the same amount asked during the "Adopt-a-Species" program 20 years ago during Wisconsin's first Atlas project.
We are encouraging donors to make a five-year commitment to support the Breeding Bird Atlas project for its duration.
Where to go next?
- The Atlas Steering Committee has established a special option for contributors to make donations in memory of Dr. Noel Cutright. Click here to read more about the Noel J. Cutright Atlas Legacy Fund.
- Don't want to sponsor a species? No problem; all contributions are welcome. Click here.
If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Luthin - AtlasSponsorship@wsobirds.org