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

            The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is a statewide organization with over 1,100 members that is dedicated to fostering a love of birds through research, conservation advocacy, and educational outreach. For more than 80 years the WSO has been the state’s go-to organization for the study of birds. Each year the WSO awards grants to... Read More   

In an Oct. 17th report to the WSO Board of Directors, the Society’s Conservation Committee, chaired by Carl Schroeder, reported that is acting on or monitoring these issues: Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund: The KN Stewardship Fund was reauthorized for four years by the State Legislature and signed by the governor on July 8 at an annual funding level of $33.25 million. While this is less than... Read More   

By Mark Korducki October continued the above normal temperature pattern we have seen throughout the year. At this point it has been the warmest autumn on record. Perhaps due to this mild weather, the birding was a bit slow from a rarity standpoint. The most exciting report came in from the western part of the state when Barn Owls were confirmed nesting for the first time in more than 20... Read More   

WSO administrative assistant Rebecca Gilman delivered this statement at an Oct. 19  hearing of the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Small Business and Rural Issues: The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, a statewide organization with over 1,100 members whose mission is to promote the study, enjoyment and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds, opposes Senate Bill 620. Sandhill... Read More   

By Caitlyn Schuchhardt Outreach Coordinator Natural Resource Foundation Photo courtesy of Grupo Quetzalli Canada Warblers captured in Nicaragua’s first constant effort mist-netting station in the Central Highlands. Madison -- Wisconsin’s love for birds flies high—and nowhere is that more apparent than in the results of the 2021 Great Wisconsin Birdathon, the annual fundraiser for the... Read More   

 By Tom Schultz and Adam Knueppel Sunday, October 3rd was the planned field trip date for our WSO Hawk Watch at Harrington Beach State Park (Ozaukee Co.), but unfortunately the weather was that morning not very conducive.  About 12 people showed up at 8:00 AM, but there were nearly continuous rain showers.  The wet weather, in combination with frequent lightning, made us decide... Read More   

Listserv gains a new owner - and some updates In late September, the Wisconsin Birding Network (WISBIRDN) mailing list transitioned to the ownership of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology). All of the technical details were engineered  by Tom Sykes, the longtime former list owner, and Sunil Gopalan, WSO vice president and web administrator. Gopalan and Sykes both issued email... Read More   

Parasitic Jaeger - Light Morph Adult
By Tom Schultz Jaegerfest Report 2021 Although Jaegerfest 2021 was not an “official” WSO field trip again this year (due to COVID concerns, like the 2020 cancellation), quite a few birders made the trip to Wisconsin Point from September 16 to 19.  There was a period on Saturday morning when there were roughly 70 birders present on the beach! Wendy and I arrived on Thursday morning... Read More   

On Monday, Oct. 4, Jennifer Lazewski of Wauwatosa, will begin work as WSO’s first executive director. Lazewski accepted a hiring offer from WSO President Mary Korkor and Vice President Sunil Gopalan after a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors to accept the recommendations of its search committee. That vote followed a virtual meet-and greet with Lazewski on Sept. 13. On Sept. 26, the... Read More   

By Mark Korducki The dog days of summer produced a number of exciting bird sightings. DNR biologist Ryan Brady shared this image of a Wood Stork photographed in Rusk County on July 7.  The bird was present at a private residence for about 30 minutes near dusk, flew off, and was not seen again. A Wood Stork was photographed in Rusk County.  Surprisingly there are five previous... Read More