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

By Wendy Schultz WSO Awards Committee Chair During this time of many challenges, if there is a good news story to be shared, it is the annual recognition WSO gives to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in advancing bird conservation, promoting the field of ornithology and contributing to the Society. Ordinarily, these people would be recognized at the... Read More   

By - Adam Knueppel Photos - Tom Schultz   A forecast calling for steady rain on Saturday, March 27 might have deterred some, but not all, for our annual trip exploring some of Dane and Columbia County’s most productive wetland areas. The predicted forecast was accurate, and despite the weather (I know the ducks didn’t mind) we had a fairly productive outing, yielding a handful... Read More   

By Bob Domagalski Unlike the year 2019, when there were few unusual birds to be found, 2020 was a banner year for accidentals.  This abundance of rare species combined with a year of pandemic closures and precautions, in which birding was one of few safe outlets for activity, made for an exceptional year of birding. Two of the more outstanding finds that remained long enough for birders... Read More   

By Adam Knueppel Photos by Tom Schultz Folks meeting at the Sheboygan Harbor were greeted with clear skies, tolerable winds, and a warming sun for our third outing of the year. The temperature was 36 degrees and the wind out of the SW averaging around 10-15 mph. In comparison to last month’s frigid trip to Buena Vista Grasslands, everyone appeared to be a little bit more enthusiastic. Travel... Read More   

  By Deb Turski - WSO Conservation Committee Right now the future of land, water and habitat conservation in Wisconsin is at risk as the 2021 state budget process is underway. The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program (KNSP) is now up for a 10-year renewal in the 2021 budget negotiations. GOOD NEWS: On Feb. 15, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget came through with the DNR’s... Read More   

  By Mark Korducki After a mild start to winter, February proved to be snowy and colder than normal with several nights dropping below zero across the state.  Snow was light across the north but heavier than normal in the south.  After an unusual lake effect snow event that dropped 18 inches on Racine, Milwaukee reported a 25-inch snow cover for the first time in more than... Read More   

The WSO seeks to hire an Administrative Assistant in a part time role. This person will assist us with postal mail and email correspondence, meeting scheduling, member and donor database management, event logistics, third party vendor communications, reporting, website updates and other similar duties. We are looking for someone who has the following skills and experience: Office management... Read More   

Photo taken by Tiffany Biederman -Written by Adam Knueppel- On Saturday, February 13, a group of fifteen, brave birders met in the Buena Vista Grasslands at 8 a.m. Temperatures averaged about –6 degrees and light snow was falling for much of the trip. Adam Knueppel, Tom Schultz, and Jeff Baughman led the trip. The wide-open grasslands, accompanied by northwest winds averaging 8-15... Read More   

-By Mary Korkor (WSO President)- The WSO Board of Directors spent much of 2020 exploring what it would take to make the organization more impactful and efficient and how to create a sustainable future. Our primary responsibilities and objectives? Protecting birds, providing opportunities for birders, expanding the community of citizens who are informed and concerned about birds, and becoming an... Read More   

The COVID-19 pandemic will force a two-year delay, but WSO members can still plan on getting ready for Great Birding on a Great Lake! Two Rivers, located on the breezy shores of Lake Michigan, will be hosting the 81st WSO convention, originally scheduled for 2020. The next WSO convention now is scheduled for May 19-22, 2022. Attendees will enjoy a wonderful weekend full of field trips, social... Read More