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...

166,00 Records from first Atlas uploaded into eBird

In preparation for the launch of Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, the atlas team has loaded about 166,000 records from the first Wisconsin...

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...