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

The educational DVD of "From Billions to None", which premiered at the 2014 WSO convention in Prairie du Chien, is now available for classroom and group use. The DVD includes the full film by David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg, special features and a new 47-page guide for middle and high school classes.  The film presents the cautionary tale of the rapid extinction of America's once most-abundant... Read More   

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology recently hosted a workshop for young birders. Ember Hobbs, 17, who lives on a farm near Richland Center, WI, applied for the July program and was selected. Subsequently, the WSO Board of Directors awarded Ember $600 to pay her tuition. Ember expressed her thanks to WSO and offered members this report on her experience:  The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young... Read More   

As usual, there was great anticipation on Friday, Sept. 18 as birders began arriving on the beach prior to sunrise on Wisconsin Point near Superior. The week leading up to this event had produced fairly steady jaeger action, and to top it off, a California Gull had been present for the past couple of days! The morning dawned clear, with a beautiful orange glow in the eastern sky and mild... Read More   

Birders began gathering prior to 8:00 AM on September 12 at the park-and-ride near Hwy. 41 and Lineville Road, just northwest of the city of Green Bay. From there, the group did some carpooling and drove to the parking area near the east end of Lineville Road – where we started our hike out onto the long causeway that extends eastward out onto the Bay of Green Bay. For the first part of the... Read More   

 The first summer of the five-year Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II project is coming to an end, but the phenomenal work completed by Atlasers this season has established a strong foundation to build upon in the years to come. The project already has confirmed 211 species as breeding in Wisconsin, eight of which are rare breeders in our state that were not confirmed at all during the first... Read More   

There will soon be another reason to visit the Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area adjacent to Highway 151 in Sun Prairie: a unique viewing platform in the shape of a bird in flight is under construction on the west shore of the marsh by crews from Operation Fresh Start, a job-training program for at-risk youth. The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology was among the donors for the project.  The marsh,... Read More   

For those of you who might not be familiar with "Jaegerfest", this extended birding field trip will take place on Wisconsin Point (at Superior) on Sept. 18-20. This annual field trip started in 1999, so this year will mark the 17th anniversary of this annual outing. Many birders stay in motels, but some choose to stay in one of the nearby campgrounds. We have had very good success with finding... Read More   

My name is Michael John Jaeger: I'm vice president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. WSO is an active, volunteer-based, non-profit organization established in 1939. We have over 1,400 members throughout Wisconsin. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.  WSO provides opportunities for all people to enjoy resident and migratory birds,... Read More   

On July 14, 2015, two WSO representatives testified publicly on the Environmental Impact Report submitted by Kohler at a two-hour public scoping meeting held by the Department of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. Speaking for three minutes each were WSO Vice President Michael John Jaeger and Dianne Packett, a member of WSO's Conservation Committee. The following is... Read More   

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is publicly opposing a proprosal by the Kohler Co, to develop an ecologically valuable 247-acre parcel of dune forest bordering Lake Michigan just north of Kohler-Andrae State Park into a high-end golf course. WSO representatives testified initially at a July 16, 2014 hearing before the Town of Wilson Plan Commission and emphasized:  1) The role of the... Read More   
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