WSO sponsors numerous field trips throughout the year. Members of WSO and non-members can attend. The trips are led by some of the top birders in Wisconsin, and they provide a good opportunity to see a broad range of Wisconsin birds.
Dual Dates for Dane/Columbia Ponds
Two field trips this year have two dates listed. Our intent here is to try and optimize our birding during these migration periods. The first date listed is the normal scheduled date, but if it is determined that the second date may be better, we will notify participants via the WSO website Wisbirdn Listserv and Wisconsin Birding Facebook page. So please check these services prior to the first date listed.
Linwood Springs - Stevens Point - Saw-whet Owls
Join WSO for an evening at the Linwood Springs Research Station in Stevens Point and have a close encounter with Wisconsin's smallest owl, the adorable Northern Saw-whet! You'll learn about and observe the owls capture through infrared video surveillance, then enjoy a walk out to the nets. You'll get to see the owls up-close while we make notes and band them. You might even see a Long-eared Owl, too! There will also be a presentation on Project SNOWstorm that highlights the Wisconsin owls. The field trip will be led by WSO Field Trip co-chairs Jeff Baughman and Tom Schultz, and raptor biologist Gene Jacobs. A $15 registration fee is required for this trip and registration is limited to 28 people.
Past Field Trips
Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Milwaukee - Winter Birding
Snowy Owls at Buena Vista
RSVP: Registration is required. If you plan to attend, please contact Kim Kreitinger at email@example.com by Thursday, January 16. Participation will be limited to 40 people.
This is a joint field trip between the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and Project SNOWstorm. We will meet at the CITGO gas station on the west side of Bancroft along CTH W in Portage County. This station is located just east of the intersection of I-39. We would like to encourage carpooling, and request a minimum of 4 people/car during the event.
Gene Jacobs of UW-Stevens Point will discuss Snowy Owl biology, the background of Project SNOWstorm, and the movements of “Buena Vista,” the WSO-sponsored Snowy Owl that was fitted with a Project SNOWstorm transmitter. WSO field trip leaders Jeff Baughman and Tom Schultz will lead us in a search for local Snowy Owls, including “Buena Vista.” Hope to see you there!
Buena Vista Marsh & Necedah NWR - Eagles
Sheboygan - Lakefront Birding
Dane & Columbia County Ponds
We will tour by auto to several ponds and flooded fields in this very productive area. A wide variety of waterbirds, shorebirds, migrant passerines and others are possible. Potential highlights include swans, Greater White-fronted and Ross’s Geese, American Pipit, and Lapland Longspur. Our trip typically ends after birding the causeway (CTH V) on Lake Wisconsin. Bring a bag lunch.
Mead Wildlife Area
White River Marsh
Honey Creek - Birdathon/Bandathon
This annual event takes place at Honey Creek Natural Area in the Baraboo Hills of Sauk County. This is a fundraiser for the preserve; proceeds go the management and upkeep of this unique natural area. Potential highlights include Cerulean Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, and Red-shouldered Hawk. Events include bird banding and walking tours of the preserve.
Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Bird Walk at Schurch-Thomson Prairie, Iowa Co
Horicon Marsh NWR
Green Bay - Fall Warblers
Wisconsin Point - Jaegerfest
Harrington Beach - Hawk Watch
Field Trip Details
Click Here for a PDF of the 2014 WSO Field Trips.
Weather Cancellation Policy
In the event of poor or dangerous weather conditions, any given field trip may be cancelled. Participants will be notified via the Wisbirdn Listserv and Wisconsin Birding Facebook page. Please realize, under some circumstances there may be insufficient time to post a cancellation. So please exercise your good judgment when deciding to attend.
Field Trip Co-Chairs
- Jeff Baughman; W2640 Middle Road, Campbellsport, WI 53010; Cell: (920) 960-4732; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Schultz; N6104 Honeysuckle Lane, Green Lake, WI 54941; Home: (920) 294-3021 Cell: (920) 960-1796; email@example.com