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

I’m excited to announce that the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is purchasing additional lands in the Baraboo Hills. We have a purchase agreement to buy 104 acres next to our current Honey Creek Preserve lands. The lands being purchased will be known as the Gerhard and Rose Dischler Addition to the Honey Creek Preserve. By acquiring this neighboring property, we are increasing the preserve... Read More   

The public is being invited to review and provide comments on a recently-released Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the Kohler Co.’s proposal to build an 18-hole golf course on company-owned land just north of Kohler-Andrae State Park. Comments can be submitted via email or letters through Aug. 1. The DNR also will hold a public hearing on... Read More   

The “scientific method” is a phrase that most non-scientists have heard before, but they may not necessarily comprehend what it means or how the process works. During the scientific method, observations are made, ideas are created, questions are developed, and hypotheses are generated to test the validity of those questions and ideas. To test those hypotheses, we gather data, evaluate trends... Read More   

At this year’s annual meeting, I handed over the gavel to new WSO President Michael John Jaeger. It has been an honor to serve as the leader of WSO for the past two years. During my tenure, WSO has continued to grow and evolve. Part of my focus has been to elevate our profile amongst the broader birding and conservation community. We have sponsored events by our partners at the Wisconsin... Read More   

Good morning. I’m the president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. WSO is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization established in 1939, with over 1,500 members throughout Wisconsin. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds. We provide opportunities for people to enjoy our resident and migratory birds, while being a leading ambassador... Read More   

The highlight of the birding year is the frenzy of spring migration, peaking in May. The array of sights and sounds is amazing as colorful Neotropical migrants return or pass through on their way north. Adding to the excitement of this color and diversity is the chance that some mega-rarity will show up way out of range. This happened several times last month. The highlight occurred on Saturday,... Read More   

Most of the 14 participants in WSO’s 2016 tour to Costa Rica, led by Tom and Wendy Schultz, met in Milwaukee on the evening of Feb. 24 and flew out at 5:55 the next morning. After a stopover in Atlanta, we arrived in San Jose around 1 p.m. and met our guide, Kevin Easley, loaded our gear onto our coaster bus, and were off –- surrounded by the new sights, sounds and birds of Costa Rica! The... Read More   

A few weeks ago in a valley not far away… an early-rising Swamp Sparrow became the first bird tallied on the 2016 Honey Creek Birdathon. It was 3:17 a.m. and the full moon cast long, clear shadows; perhaps the sparrow was an insomniac or simply confused. While the Swamp Sparrow was not an “exciting” bird, it was a harbinger of things to come -– a lot of the expected species, and not a lot... Read More   

There was a bit of orange glow in the eastern sky as we gathered around 5:00 AM on May 7, but for the most part the sky was pretty cloudy. The temperature was fairly moderate, but there was a stiff wind blowing out of the north, which made it a little more challenging to hear the bird sounds around us. Not far away an American Woodcock was peenting and doing his flight display, and a Wilson’s... Read More   

This was the Conservation Committee’s Quarterly Report for the April 9, 2016 WSO Board Meeting: The Conservation Committee remains active and we continue to monitor several situations: We continue to systematically monitor legislation as it particularly relates to bird conservation in Wisconsin. There will likely be no major legislation concerns in the upcoming months. Highway 49: The... Read More