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

Woodland Dunes Nature Center has, since its inception in the early 1970’s, coordinated four separate Christmas Bird Counts in Manitowoc County and submitted all results to WSO. During that time the core group of counters, notably Bernie Brouchoud, John Woodcock, and Charles Sontag have faithfully counted each year throughout the period, joined more than 20 years ago by members of the Aegolius... Read More   

The Future of Birding, Chapter 4: Survey Feedback Points Way Forward for WSO One of the best decisions that WSO’s Strategic Planning Committee made early on was to invest in a subscription to Survey Monkey to help take the pulse of its membership. Not only were we thrilled by the overall response rate — 259 from among our roughly 1,100 members, far exceeding the 10-15% that most surveys... Read More   

The Future of Birding, Chapter 3: Survey Feedback on WSO Publications This is the third article  in a series reviewing the results from the WSO Strategic Planning survey. It summarizes questions about the Badger Birder and the Passenger Pigeon. When the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology embarked on a strategic planning effort late last fall, it sought to better identify the needs of its... Read More   

The Future of Birding, Chapter 2: Survey Feedback from non-WSO-members When the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology began its strategic planning effort it not only wanted to identify the needs of its members, it also wanted feedback from a range of state birders who don’t belong to the Society. Our member survey drew 259 responses from among our roughly 1,100 members, far exceeding the 10-15%... Read More   

The Future of Birding: Chapter 1 of Our Report on WSO’s Strategic Planning Survey Late last fall the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology embarked on a strategic planning effort to better identify the needs of its members as well as those of other birders in the area. To gather information on what birders would like to see done to increase their birding enjoyment, surveys were developed to get at... Read More