The Great Wisconsin Birdathon at Holy Wisdom Monastery

May 7, 2022

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is Wisconsin’s largest fundraiser for bird conservation. Each year bird enthusiasts from across the state form teams with the goal of finding as many unique bird species as possible while raising important funds for bird conservation.

Holy Wisdom Monastery is participating in this event for the second time! We hope you’ll support our team ‘Wrens of Wisdom Prairie’ in our efforts to find as many bird species as possible on our property on May 7th. There are several ways to participate.

Join us for a birding tour

We are offering four options for a guided, small group tour with an experienced leader. Group size will be limited to 10 participants. Tour options include:

  • 6:30 am
  • 8:00 am (full)
  • 10:00 am (full)
  • 7:00 pm (full)

Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome, and the 10:00 am tour will be specifically geared towards families. Click here to reserve your spot on a tour by filling out our registration form.

Come birding on your own

We invite you to come explore the monastery property Saturday, May 7th on your own, and keep track of the birds you see and hear.

Submit your list of species to Amy Alstad at or 608-836-1631, x123.

Donate to support bird conservation

Support Wrens of Wisdom Prairie by making a financial contribution. All of the dollars raised will directly support bird conservation. Half of the funds raised will stay at Holy Wisdom Monastery and be used to create and maintain bird habitat here, with the remaining funds going to the Natural Resources Foundation.


Don’t miss the fun!

Click below to watch a short video from last year’s Great Wisconsin Birdathon at Holy Wisdom Monastery.


Register today, plus secure your spot on a tour

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The bird is entirely black aside from an orange and cream colored patch on its shoulder.Bird species

Here is a list of the 70 bird species seen and heard at last year’s Great Wisconsin Birdathon at Holy Wisdom Monastery.

Canada goose Wood duck
Mallard Blue-winged teal
Wild turkey Great blue heron
Red-tailed hawk Sandhill crane
Killdeer Spotted sandpiper
Solitary sandpiper Lesser yellowlegs
Least sandpiper Ring-billed gull
Mourning dove Great horned owl
Barred owl Chimney swift
Ruby-throated hummingbird Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker Hairy woodpecker
Northern flicker Least flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe Great crested flycatcher
Warbling vireo Blue jay
American crow Tree swallow
Northern rough-winged swallow Barn swallow
Black-capped chickadee Red-breasted nuthatch
White-breasted nuthatch House wren
Ruby-crowned kinglet Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Eastern bluebird Veery
Gray-cheeked thrush Swainson’s thrush
American robin Gray catbird
Brown thrasher European starling
Nashville warbler Northern parula
Yellow warbler Chestnut-sided warbler
Palm warbler Black and white warbler
American redstart Common yellowthroat
Eastern towhee Chipping sparrow
Field sparrow Song sparrow
White-throated sparrow White-crowned sparrow
Northern cardinal Rose-breasted cardinal
Red-winged blackbird Common grackle