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

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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

Citizen science reports of banded cranes contribute to conservation in Wisconsin

Photo by Ted Thousand  A banded Whooping Crane reported as right: white red and left: white green red. By Stephanie M. Schmidt Whooping...

Calling all Wisconsin bird artists

If you are a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, your original Wisconsin bird artwork may become the design on the 2023 WSO convention...

Donate for Wisconsin's Birds

Photo by Sunil Gopalan Everything the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology does is for Wisconsin’s birds. It’s right in our name. As WSO...

‘tis the season to join a Christmas Count

By Tom Schultz The 123rd Audubon Christmas Bird Count season is almost upon us, and hopefully birders everywhere will be flocking to...