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

You probably saw an earlier invitation to Sponsor-a-Species. But perhaps you ignored it. Well, this time you might want to act promptly as there are just over 70 of the state’s 240 breeding bird species still available for you to sponsor. Maybe you really like the Lark Sparrow? Willow Flycatcher? Cliff Swallow? Or something rare or a little exotic, like the Piping Plover? King Rail? These are... Read More   

It was a memorable year for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Thanks to the dedicated birders of Wisconsin, the spring campaign for the Natural Resources Foundation’s Bird Protection Fund topped its ambitious goal by nearly 10% to raise $76,513. It was the highest total in the statewide Birdathon’s five-year history. Twenty-eight expert birders also had volunteered their time to lead special... Read More   

I am excited about taking over as vice president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. To this point, I have been serving as chair of WSO’s Conservation Committee. I will continue in this role with the hope of broadening WSO’s conservation efforts for Wisconsin birds. As I am involved professionally with education, I remain strongly committed to supporting education programs supported... Read More   

Over the years, multiple critical reviews have identified important bird conservation issues in Wisconsin (or regionally including Wisconsin).These plans spotlighted a total of 119 priority species warranting conservation concern that spend some of their time in Wisconsin. While a dozen or so wetland and upland games birds are included, the vast majority are nonhunted birds. The geographic or... Read More   

Thinking back on the journey of this acquisition, an old saying comes to mind: “Good things come to those who wait.” Because there has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work happening for several years on this project, I wanted to document the amount of effort for our members. The following is a chronicle of events leading up to the purchase of the Gerhard and Rose Dischler Addition to our... Read More   

I’m excited to announce that the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is purchasing additional lands in the Baraboo Hills. We have a purchase agreement to buy 104 acres next to our current Honey Creek Preserve lands. The lands being purchased will be known as the Gerhard and Rose Dischler Addition to the Honey Creek Preserve. By acquiring this neighboring property, we are increasing the preserve... Read More   

The public is being invited to review and provide comments on a recently-released Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the Kohler Co.’s proposal to build an 18-hole golf course on company-owned land just north of Kohler-Andrae State Park. Comments can be submitted via email or letters through Aug. 1. The DNR also will hold a public hearing on... Read More   

The “scientific method” is a phrase that most non-scientists have heard before, but they may not necessarily comprehend what it means or how the process works. During the scientific method, observations are made, ideas are created, questions are developed, and hypotheses are generated to test the validity of those questions and ideas. To test those hypotheses, we gather data, evaluate trends... Read More   

At this year’s annual meeting, I handed over the gavel to new WSO President Michael John Jaeger. It has been an honor to serve as the leader of WSO for the past two years. During my tenure, WSO has continued to grow and evolve. Part of my focus has been to elevate our profile amongst the broader birding and conservation community. We have sponsored events by our partners at the Wisconsin... Read More   

Good morning. I’m the president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. WSO is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization established in 1939, with over 1,500 members throughout Wisconsin. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds. We provide opportunities for people to enjoy our resident and migratory birds, while being a leading ambassador... Read More