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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...