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...

Atlas kickoff to mobilize 2nd army to record state's breeding birds

In 1995, a group of dedicated volunteers and bird lovers created the first Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, a landmark tool that continues to guide...

Project SNOWstorm: Another Winter, Even More Opportunities

In many ways, Project SNOWStorm was born in Wisconsin; not in 2013-‘14, but in the winter of 1960-‘61. That winter, there was a similar...