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

 -By Mark Korducki-  The month of January begin with mild conditions and no snow. Milwaukee had a record high of 54 degrees on the 5th. These warm conditions continued until the middle of the month before much of the state was blanketed by snow and the polar vortex moved in and dropped temperatures well below zero. Temperatures during the month’s final few days were expected to... Read More   

Great opportunity to view rock-star birds, preserve their habitat! What: 2019 Honey Creek Birdathon and Bandathon Where: Harold and Carla Kruse Honey Creek Nature Preserve When: 8 a.m. Sunday, May 19 How to get there: The Honey Creek Nature Preserve can be reached by going west out of Prairie du Sac on Highway PF approximately 15 miles to Skyview Drive (Lins Road on older maps). Turn left... Read More   

-By Carrie Becker WBBA II Communications Director-  Visitors to the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Final Kickoff this April will have the opportunity to learn from (and maybe even hoist a beer with!) Ian Davies, one of the “Big 4” coordinators at eBird. Arguably one of the most prolific birders in the world, Davies has trekked to 45 countries in his search of birds, observing... Read More   

Written by Tom Schultz We had been concerned about the bitter cold forecast, and even posted a warning on the WSO website a few days ahead… but the reality on the morning of January 26 was even worse. The temperature on the drive over to the Buena Vista grasslands dropped down to -27 degrees at one point! Due to this brutal cold snap, we really weren’t expecting anyone to show up, but as we... Read More   

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   

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   

-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   

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   

-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   

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   

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