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


The committee organizes the annual WSO convention each spring.

Chair: Nancy Nabak

This year's convention committee consists of 12 dynamic volunteers who are dedicated to bringing a meaningful and unforgettable convention to you. Backgrounds cover all angles to ensure a quality program regarding our love and care for birds combined with the latest research and birding fun.


Chair: Wendy Schultz


THE BADGER BIRDER is an 11-issue per year newsletter that covers WSO events and activities, conservation issues, and other bird-related news.


Chair & Editor: Carl Schwartz

Barbara Dembski Schwartz: Using a program called InDesign, Barbara handles all the layout and design for the Birder.

Anita Carpenter: Anita Carpenter is an Oshkosh naturalist who shares her passion and knowledge of birds, butterflies and other critters with enthusiasm in the bimonthly column Flight Feathers. In 2012 the National Audubon Society honored her with the Great Egret Award, recognizing 32 years of service to Winnebago Audubon.

Diana Hierlmeier: Diana writes the Bird of the Month column. She and her husband, two dogs and an indoor cat enjoy an acre of farmland in Random Lake that is a Certified Wildlife Habitat and an Advanced Bird Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.

Mark Korducki: In addition to compiling his monthly Rare Birds report and doing a whole lot of field work for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, Mark coordinates Wisconsin’s 92 Breeding Bird Survey routes.

Nancy Nabak: Our WSO Historian maintains our Archives, housed at the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at UW-Green Bay, and offers readers an occasional look at something Found in Our Archives.

Jim Knickelbine: Author of the bimonthly Call Notes column, Jim is executive director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve in Two Rivers.

Tom Schultz and Jeff Baughman: Co-chairs of the WSO Field Trip Committee, Tom and Jeff contribute reports and photos from each of the Society’s field trips.

Kate Redmond: Kate offers readers a monthly quote or three on birds, nature, conservation and life around us. Her early interest in birds kicked off a career as an environmental educator. She is passionate about wetlands, photography, prairies, photography, insects, birds, photography and writing.


Chair: Dar Tiede


Chair: Jennifer Rutten

Helen Bolgrien began birding as part of her Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program and never looked back. Her role on the WSO Communications Committee is to manage all-member email communications. Helen grew up in Beloit, lives in Shorewood, and has a cabin in Adams County (Wisconsin) is truly home!

Jack Coulter is a birder based in Waukesha County and an undergraduate student at UW-Madison. His primary role on the WSO's Communications Committee is to manage the organization's Facebook page.

Katie Fisher, a recent Master Naturalist Graduate, works at St. Francis High School in St. Francis, Wisconsin. She serves as the field trip and bird club point person for calendar input on the WSO's Communications Committee.

Erin Giese works for UW-Green Bay as a Senior Research Specialist working on many bird-related projects and serves a web editor on the WSO Communications Committee by posting news stories and editing content.


Chair: Carl Schroeder 


Chair: Vacant


Chair: Greg Bisbee


Chair: Adam Knueppel


Chair: Nancy Nabak


Chair: Dan Pickarts



Chair: Mary Murrell

Deb Turski, a devoted birding learner on the Membership Committee, appreciates the opportunity to support and promote WSO membership to engage birders statewide in the many WSO initiatives to benefit birds and their habitats.


Chair: Tim Hahn


Chair: Quentin Yoerger

Tom Prestby

Tom is an original member of the Wisconsin eBird team and still reviews records from throughout the state. Tom served as the chair of the Training and Support Committee for WBBA II and reviews the Atlas data. His five years of intense Atlas field work and training observers have been the highlight of his birding career to this point. Tom lives in Green Bay and loves birding locally and taking occasional birding trips.  

Aaron Stutz

In addition to his work on the Records Committee, Aaron does a lot of behind the scenes work for Wisconsin eBird—reviewing records for over a dozen counties and working on filters for much of the state. In his free time Aaron birds somewhat obsessively around his home in Jefferson County.

Mark Korducki

In addition to writing his monthly Rare Bird report article for the Badger Birder, Mark leads bird tours and is the compiler for Wisconsin's 92 Breeding Bird Survey routes.  Mark has served on the WSO Records Committee for the past two decades.

Ted Keyel

Former WSO Winter Records Compiler and atlaser for WBBA II. While raptors and Charadriiformes are among his favorite birds, he likes everything and tries birding around the state as he is able.


Chair: Vacant



Chair: Jack Coulter