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

About 16 birders gathered at 8:00 AM on January 28 along Hwy. W in Portage County (just NW of Bancroft) in the Buena Vista Grasslands. The skies were cloudy, and there was a moderate west wind, but at least the temperatures were well above zero this time – in the mid-20s. After sharing greetings, and waiting a short time for late arrivals, we headed west to Taft Road, and then took it north. A... Read More   

The sunshine was bright, but the temperature was bitterly cold (0 degrees) – and a brisk west wind added to the chill. Despite the cold, close to 40 hardcore birders showed up at South Shore Yacht Club as we gathered for our first field trip of the year. Unfortunately, the very cold weather of the past several days had completely frozen the entire harbor area, and the only waterfowl hanging out... Read More   

Preparations for WSO’s 2017 Convention Silent Auction fundraiser are picking up steam, but your help again will determine how successful we are. Donations already are arriving, and those interested in contributing should call Janet Speth at 608.886.8825 or e-mail to arrange pick up. Items do not have to be bird-related! Once again, Kay Simandl is donating some of her... Read More   

The nomination deadline for WSO's annual Passenger Pigeon Awards is December 31, 2016. Nominations are being sought from WSO members and the general public in six categories: Noel J. Cutright Conservation Award (formerly the Green Passenger Pigeon Award) This award recognizes outstanding contribution to bird conservation in Wisconsin Bronze Passenger Pigeon Presented to individuals who have... Read More   

We’re winding down our Honey Creek Campaign at the end of the year. Thanks to more than 200 donors we’ve topped our fundraising goal of $550,000. You’re still eligible, however, for any of the incentive thank-yous that were offered on any contributions by Dec. 31. Renowned artist and WSO member Thomas Schultz has created and donated the rights to a limited-edition fine art print of his... Read More   

As the result of disappointing migration conditions that were present when we held this field trip last weekend, along with the promising forecasted wind for Ocotober 8, we decided to run this hawk watch event again – and it turned out we were right. A strong cold front had passed through the state on October 7, and it was followed by fairly strong northwest winds, so the temperature was only... Read More   

WE’RE GETTING THERE! The dedication and effort of WSO’s Honey Creek team working on the purchase of the 104 acre addition to our nature preserve in the Baraboo Hills is paying off. As of Sept. 22, we had raised $463,000 toward our goal of $550,000 goal. That’s 84%! But that still leaves us needing to raise an additional $86,000. Our overall goal of $550,000 covers the $500,000 purchase... Read More   

On Sunday October 2, WSO held its annual "Hawk Watch" field trip. Twelve birders gathered at 8:00 AM at Harrington Beach State Park’s lower parking lot in a drizzling, misty rain. It was obvious this was not the weather conditions conducive to hawk movement and as we found out passerine movement too. Because this particular trip is one of our “dual date” trips I was already thinking that... Read More   

The weather the morning of Friday the 23rd on Wisconsin Point was fabulous, with just a few clouds, and a beautiful orange sunrise sky from the beach behind parking lot #1. The wind was blowing moderately strong from the northeast and the temperature was 54 degrees at 6:30 AM, as birders began gathering. Bald Eagles and gulls were flying about, a few Mallards went winging past, and a Common Loon... Read More   

This year the group at 7:00 AM at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, under heavy cloudy skies and with periodic light rain showers. Fortunately the winds were fairly light, but the cloud cover made the lighting pretty awful – especially for birds that were up against the sky or deep in leaf cover. Close to 50 birders were in attendance. The field trip got off to a wacky start when, shortly after... Read More