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WSO is in the process of upgrading to a web-based membership software system. Why should we upgrade, you might ask? The new system, known as Wild Apricot, allows us to integrate membership, development, communications and event management in a single database. Currently, we have four different excel spreadsheets for each of these items. It also provides more data security because of automated... Read More   

It was a pretty nice morning as folks began gathering along White River Road. The sky was clear and the temperature was chilly, but at that point in the day the winds were still pretty light. As folks were getting out of their cars there was quite a bit of early morning sounds emanating from the marsh. American Bittern was “pumping”, Soras were whinnying, Sandhill Cranes were unison-calling,... Read More   

Each of the Passenger Pigeon Awards to be presented at the 78th annual Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Convention in Carter will recognize outstanding examples of partnerships that have earned Wisconsin a national reputation for academic and government collaboration with the state’s highly energized birding community. The honors will be presented at an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, June... Read More As mentioned in the April Badger Birder, the Department of Natural Resources is embarking on a first-time study known as the Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA). This study will look at existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs in each region of the state. Everyone interested in public recreation on DNR... Read More   

Under cloudy skies the temperature was not bad at around 34 degrees, but there was a brisk northwest wind blowing, so it sure felt chilly at Goose Pond as the 30 or so participants gathered at 7:00 AM. The pond was full of waterfowl, with over 400 Tundra Swans present, along with scads of Canada Geese, and a respectable number of Cackling and a few Greater White-fronted Geese mixed in. A fair... Read More   

For a morning in mid-March, it sure seemed chilly! The temperature started about 18 degrees, with a moderate wind blowing, but at least it was sunny. About 25 birders showed up at the Sheboygan Marina, our gathering point, but there weren’t many birds present so we soon moved over to the North Point area. Two Harlequin Ducks (female-type plumage) had been present here in recent days, and we... Read More   

Around the state, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will hold hearings in each county to discuss a multitude of DNR-related conservation issues. Whether to open a hunting season on Sandhill Cranes in Wisconsin will again be up for consideration and these hearings provide everyone in the state a chance to voice their opinion. QUESTION 80 reads as follows: Sandhill... Read More   

The theme for the 78th annual WSO Convention will be “Celebrating Citizen Science --Breeding Birds of the Nicolet.” The theme will take advantage of this year’s late date --for just the sixth time WSO will be holding its convention in June –- to focus on two amazing chapters in the history of what is variously known as crowd science, civic science, participatory monitoring and... Read More   

The Big Green Birding Year – BIGBY – has become my preferred method of birding for the last four years. And 2016 was a particularly good year, thanks to my birding friends, especially members of the Northeast Wisconsin Birding Club, and to my experiences in previous years, iPhones, Facebook pages, good weather at important times and good fortune. And the BIGBY page on the WSO website kept up... Read More   

Back in January 2016, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology took the reins, or perhaps more appropriately “the handlebars” of the Wisconsin Green Birding Challenge — better known as BIGBY, a.k.a. “Big Green Big Year.” WSO now manages the spreadsheet and a webpage dedicated to this very exciting form of birding. Since that time, a Green Birding Facebook page also has been created,... Read More