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

It was a gorgeous sunny morning on the marsh as folks began gathering along Highway 49, just east of the pumphouse. Temperatures were initially in the 60’s, and there was virtually no wind – and about 30 birders were in attendance. The water level in this pool was low, so there were extensive areas of mudflats, and waterbirds were scattered all over. Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers were... Read More   

The National Park Service has responded to the DNR’s Draft Master Plan for the 3,500-acre Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, the state-managed portion of the former Badger Plant. The detailed response on May 3 to the August 2015 plan identified numerous concerns, shortfalls and procedures needed before the agency will approve it. The DNR was able to secure the Badger property years ago through the... Read More   

You probably saw an earlier invitation to Sponsor-a-Species. But perhaps you ignored it. Well, this time you might want to act promptly as there are just over 70 of the state’s 240 breeding bird species still available for you to sponsor. Maybe you really like the Lark Sparrow? Willow Flycatcher? Cliff Swallow? Or something rare or a little exotic, like the Piping Plover? King Rail? These are... Read More   

It was a memorable year for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Thanks to the dedicated birders of Wisconsin, the spring campaign for the Natural Resources Foundation’s Bird Protection Fund topped its ambitious goal by nearly 10% to raise $76,513. It was the highest total in the statewide Birdathon’s five-year history. Twenty-eight expert birders also had volunteered their time to lead special... Read More   

I am excited about taking over as vice president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. To this point, I have been serving as chair of WSO’s Conservation Committee. I will continue in this role with the hope of broadening WSO’s conservation efforts for Wisconsin birds. As I am involved professionally with education, I remain strongly committed to supporting education programs supported... Read More   

Over the years, multiple critical reviews have identified important bird conservation issues in Wisconsin (or regionally including Wisconsin).These plans spotlighted a total of 119 priority species warranting conservation concern that spend some of their time in Wisconsin. While a dozen or so wetland and upland games birds are included, the vast majority are nonhunted birds. The geographic or... Read More   

Thinking back on the journey of this acquisition, an old saying comes to mind: “Good things come to those who wait.” Because there has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work happening for several years on this project, I wanted to document the amount of effort for our members. The following is a chronicle of events leading up to the purchase of the Gerhard and Rose Dischler Addition to our... Read More   

I’m excited to announce that the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is purchasing additional lands in the Baraboo Hills. We have a purchase agreement to buy 104 acres next to our current Honey Creek Preserve lands. The lands being purchased will be known as the Gerhard and Rose Dischler Addition to the Honey Creek Preserve. By acquiring this neighboring property, we are increasing the preserve... Read More   

The public is being invited to review and provide comments on a recently-released Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the Kohler Co.’s proposal to build an 18-hole golf course on company-owned land just north of Kohler-Andrae State Park. Comments can be submitted via email or letters through Aug. 1. The DNR also will hold a public hearing on... Read More   

The “scientific method” is a phrase that most non-scientists have heard before, but they may not necessarily comprehend what it means or how the process works. During the scientific method, observations are made, ideas are created, questions are developed, and hypotheses are generated to test the validity of those questions and ideas. To test those hypotheses, we gather data, evaluate trends... Read More