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

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. 

Latest News

WSO honors 5 with Passenger Pigeon awards 

By Wendy Schultz WSO Awards Committee Chair During this time of many challenges, if there is a good news story to be shared, it is the annual...

Dane and Columbia County Ponds - 3/27/21

By - Adam Knueppel Photos - Tom Schultz   A forecast calling for steady rain on Saturday, March 27 might have deterred some, but not...

Rarities, pandemic made 2020 an exceptional year for birding

By Bob Domagalski Unlike the year 2019, when there were few unusual birds to be found, 2020 was a banner year for accidentals.  This abundance...