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

WSO holds an annual convention that typically features half- and full-day birding field trips, presentations, skills workshops and a banquet dinner with a featured speaker. The location of the convention differs each year in order to highlight the rich bird diversity of our state.

For just the sixth time in its history, WSO will be holding its annual convention in June. Our 78th annual convention will run June 16-19, 2017 – over Father’s Day weekend -- at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel.

"Celebrating Citizen Science" will be the theme for this year's convention in Carter, WI. In ornithology, perhaps more than any other scientific discipline, citizens make incredible contributions to our field. We simply would not have the wealth of information about birds if it were not for the efforts of non-professional birders around the world. This year, we will be celebrating the ornithological accomplishments in the state of Wisconsin. We will discuss past, present and future efforts with a special emphasis on the Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey. We will also examine the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II and look for ways to get more people involved.

Download the Complete 2017 Convention Registration Packet

Program Schedule

Field trips, workshops, the annual Passenger Pigeon Awards ceremony and reception, and more!

Field Trip Schedule

Join expert leaders and top regional atlasers to collect data for the Atlas in prime northern forest and boreal habitats!

Lodging and Registration Information

This year's venue is within the Nicolet National Forest just south of Wabeno on the southern edge of Forest County. Registration opens April 1 and closes May 19.

Additional Information

Learn about our silent auction and other details.