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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   

On Sunday October 2, WSO held its annual "Hawk Watch" field trip. Twelve birders gathered at 8:00 AM at Harrington Beach State Park’s lower parking lot in a drizzling, misty rain. It was obvious this was not the weather conditions conducive to hawk movement and as we found out passerine movement too. Because this particular trip is one of our “dual date” trips I was already thinking that... Read More   

The weather the morning of Friday the 23rd on Wisconsin Point was fabulous, with just a few clouds, and a beautiful orange sunrise sky from the beach behind parking lot #1. The wind was blowing moderately strong from the northeast and the temperature was 54 degrees at 6:30 AM, as birders began gathering. Bald Eagles and gulls were flying about, a few Mallards went winging past, and a Common Loon... Read More   

This year the group at 7:00 AM at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, under heavy cloudy skies and with periodic light rain showers. Fortunately the winds were fairly light, but the cloud cover made the lighting pretty awful – especially for birds that were up against the sky or deep in leaf cover. Close to 50 birders were in attendance. The field trip got off to a wacky start when, shortly after... Read More   

The Noel J. Cutright Bird Club has been a major supporter of the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas since day one. How could it not be? Its founder, the late Noel J. Cutright, was not only senior editor of the first Atlas, for which survey work was done from 1995 to 2000, but he helped launch organizational work on the second Atlas before his death in late 2013. That helps explain why the club... Read More   

On July 30, 2014, Carl Schwartz and I drove to Indianapolis to meet with Ralph Dischler about the possible purchase of his 104- acre property adjacent to WSO’s Honey Creek Preserve. Mr. Dischler was very interested in protecting the land from development since it contained three buildable lots and was keen to have WSO own the property. However, we were not able to settle on a purchase price.... Read More   

In the last issue of The Badger Birder, I was delighted to announce that WSO had signed an agreement to purchase an additional 104 acres next to our Honey Creek Preserve. We are now rolling out our general fundraising campaign so we can complete what is the largest initiative in the Society’s 77-year history. The Dischler Addition is particularly stunning in autumn We’re in the process of... Read More   

It was a gorgeous sunny morning on the marsh as folks began gathering along Highway 49, just east of the pumphouse. Temperatures were initially in the 60’s, and there was virtually no wind – and about 30 birders were in attendance. The water level in this pool was low, so there were extensive areas of mudflats, and waterbirds were scattered all over. Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers were... Read More   

The National Park Service has responded to the DNR’s Draft Master Plan for the 3,500-acre Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, the state-managed portion of the former Badger Plant. The detailed response on May 3 to the August 2015 plan identified numerous concerns, shortfalls and procedures needed before the agency will approve it. The DNR was able to secure the Badger property years ago through the... Read More