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

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that was established in 1939. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds. We provide opportunities for all people to enjoy resident and migratory birds, while being a leading steward of and ambassador for Wisconsin birds. WSO sponsors birding field trips throughout the year, hosts an annual birding convention, publishes a quarterly journal and monthly newsletter, offers research grants, and serves as an informational resource center on bird-related issues. Membership exceeds 1,400 from across the United States and around the world. 

Latest News

WSO Welcomes Communications Chair, Erin Parker

You have just taken over as chair of the Communications Committee and joined the WSO Board of Directors. So tell us about your background.  I...

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II kickoff meeting Feb.28-March 1

Two decades ago, WSO members played a key role in launching and creating the first Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, which still guides efforts...

WSO seeks applicants for 2015 Small Grants Program

Applications are now being sought for three research grants sponsored by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology: The Steenbock Award: Intended for...