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...

Columbia County Ponds Field Trip Report

The morning was rather chilly (near 30 degrees) as folks began gathering at Goose Pond, and there was a moderate north wind in our faces. This year...

Sandhill Cranes: Once again, to hunt or not to hunt?

Arguments for protecting biodiversity can broadly be lumped into four areas: pragmatic, biological, aesthetic, and ethical. From a pragmatic view,...