-By Wendy Schultz, WSO BIGBY Birding Coordinator-
WSO would like to congratulate all the BIGBY birders of the state — for the many miles they put on their bikes and feet, and for the birds they found, photographed and eBirded. They can be proud of their accomplishments.
Here are the 2018 Champion BIGBY birders and their stories:
FIRST PLACE goes to Emily Weiser of Onalaska in La...
-By Diane Packett, Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator-
Preparations are underway for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019. Now in its eighth year, the Birdathon is the primary fundraiser for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Bird Protection Fund, which has raised more than $1 million for bird protection and research since 2008.
-By Carrie Becker and Lisa Gaumnitz-
The snow may be flying, but Great Horned Owls are already sitting on eggs, defying the idea of creature comfort. Their breeding activity is spurring hundreds of volunteers to begin the fifth and final season of collecting data for a comprehensive, once-in-a-generation statewide breeding bird survey.
To energize these volunteers for the final push and...
-By Dar and Cathy Tiede WSO Convention Committee Chairs-
Daylight hours are getting longer, cardinals are singing, and spring is on the way! Time to open registration for WSO’s 80th annual convention! The convention will take place Friday May 24 through Monday May 27 in the Eau Claire area with the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society as local co-host.
Convention activities will take...
-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...
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...
-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...
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...
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...
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...