The 2023 WSO Convention– our first since 2019! -- will be held at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee (https://www.theinglesidehotel.com/), which is near the sprawling, bird-rich Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the many prairies, lakes and rivers in the area. The hotel is just an hour’s drive east of Madison and an hour south of Horicon Marsh; it’s even closer to Lake Michigan to the east.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Ingleside for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, May 18–20, at the special rate of $149 per night plus tax.
Make your reservation by visiting https://reservations.travelclick.com/17743?groupID=3721124 or calling the hotel at 262-547-0201 and mentioning WSO. Rooms will be held at the special rate until April 17. After that, or when all blocked rooms have been reserved, reservations will be provided if rooms are available and at the hotel’s normal rates. Note that the hotel does not offer free breakfast, and this rate does not include access to the water park.
Convention co-chairs Lynn Barber and Christine Reel are working with an enthusiastic committee composed of members of the Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club and WSO to provide an outstanding event. Included will be:
-- Our usual Friday evening picnic
-- An awards ceremony honoring people who have received awards since our last time together
-- The annual meeting of members
-- Exciting field trips during the height of spring migration
Four Waukesha County parks offer camping. Visit https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/camping or call 262-548-7801 for details. Naga-Waukee park is closest to the Ingleside. Note that the Waukesha County park system requires a county park sticker; find information here: https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/landandparks/park-system/park-fees/ParkEntry/.
Within the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Ottawa Lake and Pinewoods campgrounds are closest. Visit https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/kms/recreation/camping or call 888-947-2757. A state park sticker is required if your car is parked at most locations within the forest, including the campgrounds: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/admission