Late last fall, the WSO Records Committee met to examine the current review list and decide what species still require additional documentation. The WSO website has undergone some recent updates and we wanted to make sure that the review list is up to date as well. We ended up removing ten species from the review list everywhere and an additional three species only require documentation if observed away from the Great Lakes.
WSO is sponsoring a special symposium at the winter meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society (WCTWS). The meeting is March 11-13, 2014 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Wausau, WI. The symposium theme is “The Latest Technology in Avian Research and Monitoring,” which will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 1-4 pm. We have a great lineup of eight speakers doing cutting edge research in Wisconsin and beyond. Speaker abstracts can be viewed here.
We invite WSO members to attend this symposium and learn how technology is helping us understand more about bird migration patterns, foraging activities, and much more. Conference registration and lodging information is available at the WCTWS website (http://wildlife.org/wisconsin/home).
Having successfully shared an updated mission statement with members, WSO’s Strategic Planning Committee has moved ahead to flesh out the next stages of the Society’s plan for 2014-’20. We’d like your feedback on our draft Vision and Values statements.
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s mission is threefold: to promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of birds in Wisconsin. Sometimes conflicts arise among those three pursuits, as has become particularly evident over the last two winters.
Since 1934, when the first federal “Duck Stamps” cost $1 apiece, the price for the stamp has increased seven times to the $15 level set in 1991 and which remains in effect today. This is the longest single period without a price increase in the program’s history.