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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on WSO’s organized activities. At the July 12 meeting of its Board of Directors it was decided to cancel the scheduled Aug. 16 field trip to the Horicon Marsh. Current contagion levels and advice from state and federal health authorities led to this decision. The health and safety of participants was our primary concern.

Still on the field trip schedule for now are a warbler walk in Green Bay on Sept. 12, Jaegerfest weekend in Superior Sept. 25-27 and the Harrington Beach hawk watch on Oct. 4 or 11.

A decision on those events will be made by the board in late August. In the meantime, the board will be monitoring the pandemic and reviewing options for conducting these and all future field trips in the safest and most organized manner possible.

Under study are options to limit the total number of participants with on-line registration and liability waivers, as well as mask mandates and social distancing protocols. Also under discussion is a system to give members preference for signups and instituting a modest fee for nonmembers who wish to attend.

-- This is one of several timely articles in this month's Badger Birder newsletter; don't miss out on the latest birding and conservation news. Become a WSO member today! --