Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Our Mission and Our Vision

To advance the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region through coordinated research, monitoring, and education.

We envision a day when knowledge of birds is widespread, decisions affecting them are based on good science, and citizens care about conservation and participate in it so that common species are kept common and imperiled populations are restored.

Support the Observatory!

Amid the current time of trial and uncertainty, we are certain of two things:

1. That people like you can make a real, beneficial difference to the birds and bats of Wisconsin and the Western Great Lakes Region 

2. That one of the best ways to do this is by supporting the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

As the Observatory concludes the 10th anniversary of its founding by the late Noel Cutright, it also is entering just its fourth year as an independent non-profit. Help us continue to do good conservation science and make 2021 our most productive yet with a tax-deductible gift.

You can donate online or mail your check to our office at

116 W. Grand Ave, Ste. 207, Port Washington, WI 53074.  

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Are you …a backyard birderBig on bats? A citizen scientist? An eco-enthusiast? Are you passionate about the power of scientific research to identify ways to nurture and sustain our environment? We invite you to join our e-mail newsletter. Learn about the current projects - why they are important and what we are discovering that has local, regional and global impact. Stay informed to be empowered.

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Pillar Projects

We have two new projects worth singing about ... the Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project and our statewide Motus education initiative.

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Latest News

Upcoming Events

22 Apr
Native Tree Giveaway
Date 04/22/2023
As part of our Earth Day celebration, we will once again be giving out free native saplings! We will be at two Port Washington locations:
WJ Niederkorn Library - 8:30-11:30am
Veteran's Park 12:00-2:30pm

While supplies last!
20 May
Native Plant Sale
Native plant sale and World Migratory Bird Day celebration!