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

Defend Stewardship Fund, science staff, and DNR independence

The WSO Conservation Committee has issued this response to key issues in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget: Wisconsin has been a leader in...

WSO awards seven research grants

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology has awarded seven $500 grants to support ornithological research in Wisconsin by professionals, students and...

Passenger Pigeon Award Winners for 2015

This May, during the 76th annual Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Convention in Wausau, eight Wisconsin residents will receive WSO awards for their...