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

The Harold and Carla Kruse Honey Creek Nature Preserve, a 267-acre tract owned by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, is open to the public.  Use is limited to foot travel and low impact activities. Visitors are asked to clean their boots and clothes before entering to help limit introduction of invasive plant species to the property.  The Cox Nature Center is open from April 1 through... Read More   

A generous bequest from a long-time member of WSO has enabled us to upgrade our website in a big way as we wind up our 75th year as one of the state’s leading conservation organizations. Led by President Kim Kreitinger and Web Administrator Paul Jakoubek, WSO has been working with GreenLeaf Media of Madison to redesign and upgrade the way we communicate with both our members and the world at... Read More   

The retirement this year of Bob Domagalski as Christmas Bird Count Compiler for WSO, a position to which he had devoted 14 years, is cause not only to stop and say thanks to Bob, but also to reflect on the role the Society has played in this oldest of all large-scale citizen science endeavors. From its formation in 1939, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology has sponsored Christmas Bird Counts... Read More   

Capital Brewery is supporting bird conservation with a special event on September 4, 2014 at 6 PM in the Capital Brewery Beer Garden in Middleton. Capital Brewery Co., Inc. recently released Passenger Pigeon IPA, an India Pale Ale brewed and bottled in conjunction with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology to commemorate the 100th... Read More   

As part of the re-dedication ceremony for the monument commemorating the extinction of Passenger Pigeon, Carl Schwartz, then WSO president, made the following remarks, on May 17, 2014, at Wyalusing State Park. As president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, it is my privilege to welcome you here this morning and to take a few moments to share some of the history that leads us to this... Read More   

Janet Speth, who chaired this year’s 75th WSO Convention Silent Auction, had this to say when it was all done: “Thank you, thank you to all of the WSO members who donated to the Silent Auction and so generously bid on the items. WSO was able to raise a total of $4,054 for the Friends of Wyalusing State Park, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Natural Resources Foundation of... Read More   

As part of the re-dedication ceremony for the monument commemorating the extinction of Passenger Pigeon, Dr. Stanley Temple made the following remarks, on May 17, 2014, at Wyalusing State Park. We are meeting here today to mark another milestone in the ongoing saga of the Passenger Pigeon. 200 years ago there were 3-5 billion pigeons wandering the eastern half of North America in huge flocks... Read More   

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s 2014 convention marked two significant milestones: the Society’s 75th anniversary and the centenary of the demise of the Passenger Pigeon. And it did so in stirring and memorable ways. The convention was held May 15-18 in Prairie du Chien – at the heart of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, which supports more than 270... Read More   

The WSO Strategic Planning Committee and WSO Board adopted the following Mission, Values and Goals for WSO. The plan will be presented to the WSO membership at the annual convention. Mission Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s mission: promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds. Vision The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology provides opportunities for all people to... Read More   

Late last fall, the WSO Records Committee met to examine the current review list and decide what species still require additional documentation. The WSO website has undergone some recent updates and we wanted to make sure that the review list is up to date as well. We ended up removing ten species from the review list everywhere and an additional three species only require documentation if... Read More   
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