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WSO Milwaukee Lakeshore Field Trip 2019

Written by Tom Schultz The temperature was relatively mild (in the low to mid 30’s) on January 12, but it sure didn’t feel like it – with a strong wind blowing in off Lake Michigan that really dropped the wind chill! Birders began gathering prior to 8:00 AM at South Shore Yacht Club, and the group eventually reached about 40. The first excitement of the morning was provided by an adult... Read More   

Hardy Hammond’s Flycatcher Likely a New State Record

By Mark Korducki After a cold and snowy November, December saw temperatures well above normal and most areas received little snow. This warmer than normal weather played a role in allowing insectivores to find food and may have resulted in one of the highlights of the year. A sharp-eyed birder was driving along a rural Sauk County road and saw what he believed to be a late Eastern Phoebe... Read More   

Reduced Hotel Rates for WSO Convention

-By Dar and Cathy Tiede- (WSO Convention Committee Chairs)  The 80th annual WSO convention will take place from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2019, at the River Prairie Center in Altoona. The River Prairie Center is only minutes from downtown Eau Claire on a beautiful bend in the Eau Claire River. Our local co-host for the event is the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society. The... Read More   

Three Changes for Bird City Wisconsin

Observatory assumes sponsorship of pioneering conservation program Shorewood, Wis. - Bird City Wisconsin has notified its partners and member communities about three important changes in the pioneering program for urban bird conservation. The first is that Bird City has a new fiscal sponsor. The board of directors of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory voted unanimously on Oct. 19... Read More   

April Gathering Kicks Off Final Field Season for Atlas II

-By Carrie Becker- (WBBA II Communications Chair)  As we welcome 2019, organizers of the 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas are looking ahead with urgency to the final breeding season of the five-year survey. It’s now or never to finish this project! To kick off the upcoming season of data collection, birders from around the state will gather April 5–7 at the Holiday Inn &... Read More   

Former WSO President's Husband Passed Away

Visitation Wednesday for Prof. Emeritus Neil Harriman, husband of former WSO President Bettie Harriman A celebration of Neil's life will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 12, at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Homes-Westside, 100 Lake Pointe Drive, Oshkosh. Professor Emeritus of Biology and Microbiology Neil Harriman died at his home Dec. 7. Harriman retired in 1998 but is, in part,... Read More   

80th WSO Convention Targets Eau Claire Area

By Dar and Cathy Tiede WSO Convention Committee Chairs The 80th annual WSO convention will take place from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2019, in the Eau Claire area in the west-central part of the state. Our local co-host for the event is the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society. Blocks of rooms are now on hold and open for advance reservations at two area hotels. Individuals are... Read More   

Frigatebird Tops Rarity List in a Slow November

By Mark Korducki The temperatures statewide were mainly below normal during November and several small snowfalls occurred. The first major storm of the season clipped the southeast corner of the state on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Up to 10 inches of snow fell in Kenosha County. Perhaps due to this colder weather, the birding was a bit slower than normal. November is often the best month... Read More   

Fewer, But More Spectacular, Snowy Owls Likely this Winter

As of Nov. 27, an estimated 27 Snowy Owls had been reported from 14 Wisconsin counties. Aside from several owls in the Superior and Ashland areas, most sightings have come from eastern Wisconsin south of the north woods. The Lake Michigan shoreline has been surprisingly quiet, according to WDNR biologist Ryan Brady, save for a bird earlier in the year at Sheboygan and continuing birds in the... Read More   

‘Tis the Season: Nominations for Passenger Pigeon Awards

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology annually recognizes individuals or organizations that have made outstanding achievements in bird conservation, promoted the field of ornithology or contributed to the Society and is now seeking nominations for its 2019 Passenger Pigeon Awards. Please consider worthy individuals or groups for as many as seven awards to be presented at the 80th annual... Read More   

Give the Gift of WSO Membership!

Do you know someone who loves birds? Give them the perfect gift: Membership in the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology! All bird lovers - young and old, beginners, backyard enthusiasts, dedicated birders, tourists, conservationists, naturalists, and ornithologists WSO has something for everyone! Birding field trips throughout the year Annual birding convention Quarterly Journal,... Read More