Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.

The theme for the 78th annual WSO Convention will be “Celebrating Citizen Science --Breeding Birds of the Nicolet.” The theme will take advantage of this year’s late date --for just the sixth time WSO will be holding its convention in June –- to focus on two amazing chapters in the history of what is variously known as crowd science, civic science, participatory monitoring and... Read More   

The Big Green Birding Year – BIGBY – has become my preferred method of birding for the last four years. And 2016 was a particularly good year, thanks to my birding friends, especially members of the Northeast Wisconsin Birding Club, and to my experiences in previous years, iPhones, Facebook pages, good weather at important times and good fortune. And the BIGBY page on the WSO website kept up... Read More   

Back in January 2016, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology took the reins, or perhaps more appropriately “the handlebars” of the Wisconsin Green Birding Challenge — better known as BIGBY, a.k.a. “Big Green Big Year.” WSO now manages the spreadsheet and a webpage dedicated to this very exciting form of birding. Since that time, a Green Birding Facebook page also has been created,... Read More   

About 16 birders gathered at 8:00 AM on January 28 along Hwy. W in Portage County (just NW of Bancroft) in the Buena Vista Grasslands. The skies were cloudy, and there was a moderate west wind, but at least the temperatures were well above zero this time – in the mid-20s. After sharing greetings, and waiting a short time for late arrivals, we headed west to Taft Road, and then took it north. A... Read More   

The sunshine was bright, but the temperature was bitterly cold (0 degrees) – and a brisk west wind added to the chill. Despite the cold, close to 40 hardcore birders showed up at South Shore Yacht Club as we gathered for our first field trip of the year. Unfortunately, the very cold weather of the past several days had completely frozen the entire harbor area, and the only waterfowl hanging out... Read More   

Preparations for WSO’s 2017 Convention Silent Auction fundraiser are picking up steam, but your help again will determine how successful we are. Donations already are arriving, and those interested in contributing should call Janet Speth at 608.886.8825 or e-mail janet.speth@gmail.com to arrange pick up. Items do not have to be bird-related! Once again, Kay Simandl is donating some of her... Read More   

The nomination deadline for WSO's annual Passenger Pigeon Awards is December 31, 2016. Nominations are being sought from WSO members and the general public in six categories: Noel J. Cutright Conservation Award (formerly the Green Passenger Pigeon Award) This award recognizes outstanding contribution to bird conservation in Wisconsin Bronze Passenger Pigeon Presented to individuals who have... Read More   

We’re winding down our Honey Creek Campaign at the end of the year. Thanks to more than 200 donors we’ve topped our fundraising goal of $550,000. You’re still eligible, however, for any of the incentive thank-yous that were offered on any contributions by Dec. 31. Renowned artist and WSO member Thomas Schultz has created and donated the rights to a limited-edition fine art print of his... Read More   

As the result of disappointing migration conditions that were present when we held this field trip last weekend, along with the promising forecasted wind for Ocotober 8, we decided to run this hawk watch event again – and it turned out we were right. A strong cold front had passed through the state on October 7, and it was followed by fairly strong northwest winds, so the temperature was only... Read More   

WE’RE GETTING THERE! The dedication and effort of WSO’s Honey Creek team working on the purchase of the 104 acre addition to our nature preserve in the Baraboo Hills is paying off. As of Sept. 22, we had raised $463,000 toward our goal of $550,000 goal. That’s 84%! But that still leaves us needing to raise an additional $86,000. Our overall goal of $550,000 covers the $500,000 purchase... Read More   

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