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

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology has a Board of Directors composed of five officers and up to 20 directors. Members of the Board are elected for a term of three years and may serve more than one term. The President and Vice President are limited to two one-year terms each. All Board members serve on a volunteer basis and are not compensated for their contributions to the Society.

Officers (2020-2022)

Mary Korkor

Mary always knew that her heart belonged in nature. She grew up in the city, but now lives on a forty-acre bird-friendly hobby farm in southeast Wisconsin, with gardens, a native prairie, pastureland and a pond. Purity Farms was the perfect place to raise four kids with horses, a Jersey cow, chickens and a dog. Now that the kids have flown the coop, Mary dedicates much of her time to working for organizations that represent her passion for birds and nature. Prior to joining the board, Mary served on the boards of Wisconsin Public Radio and the Kettle Moraine Garden Club and on various committees in her local community. She joined the WSO Board as Chair of Development and served on the Conservation Committee. She has spent time advocating for issues of conservation and public broadcasting in Madison and Washington, D.C. Her degree in psychology has provided her insight into the benefits of nature for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Mary is honored to serve as President of the WSO and hopes to share her admiration and excitement for this organization with members and the community at large.

Vice President
Sunil Gopalan

Sunil grew up in a very urban but also a very bird-rich part of India, and has lived in the midwestern United States for almost all of his adult life. He has early memories of mynahs, kites and peacocks from India and later became familiar with the usual feeder birds of Wisconsin - but a serious interest in birding didn't catch on until he took a break from a hectic work life when his daughter was born. The challenge of observing, studying, photographing and maybe even understanding these colorful creatures proved to have the capacity to be of lasting interest.

He has spent time birding on five continents ranging from the mundane to the exotic but calls Middleton (Dane County) home with his wife Heidi and their two children. He is a widely published bird photographer. He writes the Spring Seasonal Report for the Passenger Pigeon and administers the WSO websites. For a day job - he works full time at Epic - an EHR software development company and has spent time playing various IT roles over the years.

Jenny Wenzel

Jenny has lived her entire life in Wisconsin and has always been interested in nature. She has always enjoyed feeding backyard birds but was turned on to birding as a hobby by a warbler walk advertised by the Hoy Audubon Society of Racine and Kenosha in 2008. She quickly made lots of new friends on the walks and became hooked on birding. Jenny has been active in the Hoy Audubon Society ever since and has served on Hoy's Board of Directors as Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Vice President and is the current President. She also enjoys attending WSO birding field trips. Jenny joined the WSO Board of Directors in 2012 as Secretary. Jenny and her husband David live in Caledonia (Racine County), monitor a 20-box bluebird trail at the South Hills Golf Course in Franksville, and vacation in Marinette County each summer. She has seen 317 species of birds in Wisconsin; her favorite is the Pileated Woodpecker. She's been on birding trips to Costa Rica and Southeast Arizona, and Peru. Besides birding, her other hobbies include gardening, hiking, canoeing, nature photography (including birds, of course) and playing with her two Dobermans, Loki and Maddie. Jenny is employed as an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with Aurora Health Care.

Dani Baumann

Dani Baumann was tricked into starting her birding career at 4:30 am on May 6th, 2011 in the middle of Wyalusing State Park while on a "No, we won't get up early" trip. Since that day her life has revolved around birds and numbers. Dani graduated in 2007 from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelors in Business Administration - Accounting and is currently working as the accountant at PFlow Industries.

A dedicated volunteer, when she isn't in her office, Dani can be found coordinating WBBA2 atlasing efforts in Ozaukee County, editing The Timberdoodle News (the newsletter of the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club), or participating on the board of directors of Sheboygan County Audubon Society. You may also recognize her name from "Let's Go Birding," a past feature in the Badger Birder. Amazingly, Dani also finds time to bird the wonderful hotspots of her home county of Ozaukee. Outside of birding, you can often find her reading a good book with her cat, Charlie, curled up in her lap.

Immediate Past President
Myles Hurlburt

Myles grew up in Durand and has lived his entire life in Wisconsin. He says he has always been drawn to the diversity the four seasons provide here. As a child, he was introduced to the enjoyment of nature from his dad and brothers by their participation in many outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and trapping. But it wasn't until he became interested in the pure enjoyment of just being surrounded by the beauty of nature and the peace and tranquility it brought him, that birding became his joy and passion. Besides bird watching, his other interests include, photography, golfing, and spending as much time as possible with his wife Sue and four sons (Zach, 29; Alex 25; Nicholas, 22; and Bailey 16). Myles works for Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and an associate degree in computer science from Chippewa Valley Technical College. His current nemesis species is the Connecticut Warbler.

Board of Directors


Nancy Nabak

Nancy has a long history of volunteerism in Wisconsin, and specifically in the Green Bay area. She has volunteered with the Green Bay Chamber's "Leadership Green Bay" program for 12 years, where she has facilitated "Environment Day." Nancy served on the Greater Green Bay Sustainable Task Force for five years, and participated on the "Local Food and Health" and "Environment and Vibrancy" subcommittees. Nancy has also been involved with a grassroots project called the Pollinator Corridor. In 2010, Nancy was instrumental in getting the city of Green Bay recognized as one of the first Bird Cities in Wisconsin, and has been at the helm ever since. As part of Bird City, Nancy also serves as Co-Chair of the statewide Chimney Swift Working Group.

In November of 2011, Nancy received the, Conservation of Natural Resources Award from the Mayor's Beautification Committee. In May of 2012, she was presented with the Robert Sanderson Award from the Brown County Izaak Walton League chapter for her bird conservation efforts. She is pleased to be on the WSO Board in the Historian and Annual Convention positions and looks forward to helping create positive change.

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Wendy Schultz

Wendy started birding in March of 1981 when her microbiology professor invited her on a field trip to Lake Winnebago. He pointed out an America Kestrel and she could NOT believe such a beautiful bird could exist having never noticed one before. A few months later, she attended her first Owen J. Gromme Bird Club meeting and met a whole new group of friends who changed her life forever. One of them was a young bird artist named Tom Schultz. You might say the rest is history.

She spent those early years chasing birds obsessively (with Tom) until their sons came along and her schedule took her in other directions. In 2013, after their youngest turned 21, she decided to return to the “flock” and has been having a blast ever since. BIGBY birding is her FAVORITE.

Wendy works full time as an ICU nurse at ThedaCare Berlin and part time as a Hospice nurse, for Agnesian Hospice Hope—if you see her at work, you are probably in trouble. Along with birding, she loves to run, bike, and work in her garden. She is the WSO Awards Chair, the WSO BIGBY coordinator, co-founder and secretary of the Green Lake Bird Club, co-coordinator of the Green Lake Bird Festival, and bird surveyor for WBBA I and II.

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Carl has served as editor of The Badger Birder since May of 2014. (Layout and design are handled by his wife, Barbara Dembski.) Carl was the founding director and still serves on the steering committee for Bird City Wisconsin, is a member of the executive committee on the board of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory and sits on the steering committee for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. Carl joined the WSO Board as Vice President in 2010 and was elected President in 2012. For a decade, he led the Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon, a major fund-raiser for WSO. He also serves as program chair for the Riveredge Bird Club, is past president of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, and is a member of the American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, International Crane Foundation, Southeast Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Gathering Waters, Door County and Ozaukee Washington Land Trusts, and Horicon Marsh Bird Club. He retired in 2009 as senior editor for national and international news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Dar Tiede

Dar Tiede is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, born and raised in Appleton. He graduated from Miami (of Ohio) University with a BS in Applied Science and has a master's degree from the Institute of Paper Chemistry (formerly located in Appleton). He has worked in product development and research his entire working career and is looking forward to retirement in the near future. His wife (of 42 years!) Cathy and he have spent 23 years in Wisconsin Rapids where they raised their three children. They moved back to the Appleton area in 2000. 

Dar took an interest in birding at an early grade school age when his father took him trout fishing. He is the coordinator for two Christmas Bird Counts (Appleton and Wisconsin Rapids), and conducts several Breeding Bird Surveys with Cathy as his assistant. His best self-found Wisconsin birds over the years have been a Clark's Nutcracker and Curlew Sandpiper.
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Greg Bisbee

Greg is an enthusiastic teacher and learner of science and is especially excited about biological conservation and ecological restoration. He graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a major in biology and received his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Milwaukee. He has taught high school science/biology for over 30 years and enjoys presenting at local, state, regional, and national science education conferences. Greg was in the first class of the UW-Madison Arboretum’s Earth Partnership for Schools program where he was introduced to prairies and ecological restoration—he’s been an advocate for native ecosystems ever since. He enjoys working with native and restored prairies and woodlands and walking with his wife, Pam, and their two Great Pyrenees, Molly and Bear.

Thomas R. Schultz

Tom has worked as an artist/illustrator for over 35 years, and has had his work published in the National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Peterson's A Field Guide to Warblers of North America, and various other publications. Tom grew up in Fond du Lac, and received his BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tom joined the WSO Board as Field Trips Coordinator, and has also served as Vice President and President. Tom is an active birder with a strong interest in field identification – which is an outgrowth of his bird illustration work. He has lived in the Green Lake area with his wife, Wendy, since 1983.

Jeff Baughman

Jeff grew up in Milledgeville, IL, and then attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where he earned a degree in Mathematics and Physical Education in 1979. Jeff has taught high school mathematics at Campbellsport since 1982 and has also been part of their IT staff. Jeff began birding with his elder brother Jim during winter break of 1977. The brothers three (Jim, Jeff, Scott) have collectively and/or individually spent countless hours in the field padding lists or doing various bird counts or surveys, including Christmas Bird Counts, May Days, Big Days, Illinois Spring Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Surveys, and the Western Great Lakes Owl Survey. He also served a regional coordinator for the first Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. Jeff joined WSO in 1983, became Field Trip co-chair with Tom Schultz in 1987, served as Vice President for one year in 2003 and then was President from 2004-06. Jeff lives with his wife Jeanette just outside of Campbellsport, and they have two children, Tamara Ninnemann (25) and Tyson (22).

Dan Pickarts

Dan grew up on a dairy farm in south central Wisconsin. As a child he and his brothers always spent their free time roaming the woods or the marsh behind the family farm where they hunted, fished, and trapped. After graduating high school, he joined the military and spent 22 years serving his country. Now he lives in Lodi with his wife, Donna, and their two sons, Gabriel and Kyle. He has always had a calling for being outdoors no matter what the weather is outside. With being outside so much he witnessed a lot of the beauty of wildlife and the outdoors and has passed this onto his sons. They, too, have come to appreciate all the things nature has to offer.

He came across the Honey Creek Preserve years ago and fell in love with the property. To him, it has to be one of the most unique properties he has ever been on, from the beautiful trout stream flowing through the limestone valley to the large mature hardwood forest. There is so much diversity and with that comes a lot of unique wildlife with those areas.

He loves boating with his family on Lake Wisconsin and attending his sons' sporting events. He now works for the VA hospital in Madison. When not doing any of those things you generally find him out at Honey Creek!


Mary Murrell

Mary discovered birds in midlife and is making up for lost time. She came to the WSO through the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, where she had blocks in Vilas and Oneida counties. She especially enjoys birding locally, whether birdscaping at home, working to revive the local friends group at her local conservation park, or writing and recording a weekly bird report for her local radio station in Monona, WI. (The bird report won first place in its category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association!) She is a Master Naturalist volunteer, and serves on the Board of Visitors at the UW Madison Arboretum. Mary has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and worked for many years in book publishing, most of them at Princeton University Press. She currently works for the International Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes at the UW Madison.

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Tim Hahn

A lifelong resident of southeastern Wisconsin, Tim’s passion for nature was handed down by his dad, Ed, former WSO Youth Education chair. You might call the Bald Eagle his spark bird, from all the days “fishing” with his dad, but it took years for the spark to light anything. In 2002 Tim needed a summer hobby, so he started back yard bird feeding, which led to a job at Wild Birds Unlimited. There he met Paula, Anne, Erik, and Tom, who are all inspiring birding mentors and dear friends to this day.

Tim has been a member of WSO since 2005 when he saw a Northern Hawk Owl at Harrington Beach State Park while on a WSO field trip. Since then, Tim has done big sits, big days, and a big year. He’s chased birds, given up on chasing, and then took up chasing birds again. And with each day spent on the birding trail, Tim’s interest in birds has grown into a passion for conservation.

Currently Tim serves as vice president of the Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club in Waukesha, which predates the WSO by 11 years! He covers five counties for the WI eBird Review Team, he leads bird walks for various events including the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, and he coordinated Waukesha and Marinette Counties for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. When not birding, Tim can be found in his season seats at Brewers games, knocking down pins at local bowling alleys, brewing tasty beer, and pursing all sorts of other curiosities.

Quentin Yoerger

Quentin has been a birder for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Madison Audubon Society and Ned Hollister Bird Club out of Beloit, and enjoys leading field trips for both organizations. He has been the WSO Records Committee Chair since 2013. Growing up on a farm in southern Wisconsin amongst a family of hunters and fishermen, Quentin was exposed to nature on a daily basis. In addition to bird watching, another one of his passions is coaching. He has coached high school Track and Field each spring and Cross Country each fall for 30+ years. Professionally he works in the information technology field. Quentin lives in Evansville with his exceptionally patient wife, Ann. Quentin and Ann have two adult children, Geoff and Zoe.

Jack Coulter

Jack’s passion for birds and birding came about as a byproduct of nature and nurture. He went on his first birding trip at the age of 4, when he went to Horicon Marsh with his Aunt, a Florida-based field ornithologist who, along with her husband and fellow ornithologist, continue to inspire him to this day. He started entering sightings into eBird at age 11 became steadily more involved in the Wisconsin birding community through middle and high school.  Jack recently graduated from UW-Madison with a double-major in economics and zoology. In the future, he hopes to attend law school and pursue a career as an environmental attorney.

Jack is excited to become more involved in both the day-to-day activities and the long-term planning of the WSO. He currently serves as the WSO’s Facebook Page Administrator and as a member of the Communications Committee.


Davor Grgic

Davor is a native of Zagreb, Croatia but has lived in the US since high school and has made Wisconsin his home since undergrad college days at UW-Madison. He has had a keen interest in nature since childhood but his interest in birds really took off after taking an UW undergraduate ornithology course. It has not subsided since.

After a 35-year career in IT management (and several other corporate staff functions), Davor retired from Kohler Co. in 2018. He now has more time to pursue a variety of interests which, among other things, include bird/nature conservation, photography, and application of IT to avian migration and other research. He and his wife Patti live in rural Elkhart Lake. They have 3 sons and are ecstatic to have recently become grandparents for the first time. Davor also represents the WSO on the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative's permanent steering committee.

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Carl Schroeder

Carl has a lifelong passion for birds that started on his ninth birthday with the gift of a Peterson Field Guide from his Grandma Been.  Now in retirement, he is extending that passion beyond personal birding to support other birders and to promote bird conservation.

His work experience in project management has lent itself to many volunteer efforts, including running political action committees and serving on the boards of churches and high schools. For ten years he was the Wisconsin Christmas Bird Count editor for Audubon.  During that time, he also managed the merger of the WSO and Audubon CBC programs. He has been active in other citizen science activities as well, including a wind turbine bird and bat mortality study, USGS breeding bird surveys, Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlasing and owl, nightjar, frog and toad surveys for the DNR.