Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Donate

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization organized and existing under the laws of Wisconsin. Our tax ID 82-2924873.

Read about the Observatory on GuideStar.

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/82-2924873

The Observatory is soliciting partners, sponsors, and donors for several major coordinated research, monitoring, and education projects, including the Motus network, the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, the Midwest Migration Network, the American Kestrel Partnership, the Waterbird Watch, bat monitoring, the banding station, and others. By donating, you show support for the Observatory’s goal of advancing the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region.

To donate to the Observatory, use the form below or send a check to this address:

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc.
4970 Country Club Rd
Port Washington, WI 53074

Endowment

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory Fund is a permanent endowment that was created to provide a perpetual source of funding to advance the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region.

The endowment is managed by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible and can be made either by donating online at www.wisconservation.org or by sending a check to this address:

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Attn: Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory Fund
P.O. Box 2317
Madison, WI 53701

IRA charitable rollover

IRA owners age 70½ or over may transfer up to $100,000 per year tax-free directly to an eligible charity such as the Observatory, so long as the gift is complete on or before December 31 of the calendar year in which an IRA owner chooses to utilize the IRA Charitable Rollover gift vehicle for tax purposes.

To make a transfer, have your IRA administrator mail a check to this address:

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Attn: Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory Fund
P.O. Box 2317
Madison, WI 53701

Be sure to include a letter that states your name and the purpose of your gift (e.g., Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory Fund) and notes that it is a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA.

Bequest

If you care for the Observatory and want to help support it for future generations, consider leaving a legacy gift behind by including the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory Fund in your will. To leave a bequest to the Fund, simply incorporate the following language in your estate plans:

“I give [describe the gift] to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin [federal tax id # 39-1572034], a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of Wisconsin and with a principal mailing address of PO Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701. This gift shall be designated to the Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory Fund.”

Donations to the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc., are tax-deductible. For more information on how to make a gift or a bequest, contact the Observatory at or (414) 698-9108.