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

Welcome to WSO

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that was established in 1939. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds. We provide opportunities for all people to enjoy resident and migratory birds, while being a leading steward of and ambassador for Wisconsin birds. WSO sponsors birding field trips throughout the year, hosts an annual birding convention, publishes a quarterly journal and monthly newsletter, offers research grants, and serves as an informational resource center on bird-related issues. Membership exceeds 1,400 from across the United States and around the world.

WSO News

You're Invited! Bringing Birds Back Conference

By Karen Etter HaleWI Bird Conservation Partnership Chair YOU are invited to join us in our quest to bring birds back. The Wisconsin Bird...

A birding challenge worthy of Wisconsin

Photo by Kyle Lloyd Arpke Two Snow Buntings in Kewaunee County By Kyle Lloyd Arpke  I’m writing this article as I drive back home after...

Milwaukee Lakefront Field Trip Report – 2023

Ross' Goose Photo by Matt Klemme Our group met at South Shore Yacht Club on Sunday, January 8, with an 8:00 AM start time.  The temperature was...

WSO issues a public call for volunteer leaders

    The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is seeking volunteer leaders to join its Board Of Directors. WSO’s mission is to promote the...