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

Where will you be birding on October 6 for Global Big Bird Day? Spend time wherever you are and go birding to help scientists get a snapshot picture of birds from around the world. Get outside and share your photos to our WSO Facebook Page! Our newly formed Communications Committee will be at the Horicon Marsh while we plan for a year ahead of WSO successes and head out to the trails to... Read More   

Know any fantastic youth birders? Let’s be a part of trying to get 1 MILLION young birders using the app! There is a new version 7.7 of Thayer’s Birds of North America – for Free. Students from enrolled in pre-K through high school who are interested in birds can use this Special Code: BirdingWireYoungBirder to get this incredible software for FREE that would otherwise cost ~$50. This... Read More   

Operation Migration, which took flight 25 years ago to teach birds a new migratory route and since 2001 has helped reintroduce Whooping Cranes to the Wisconsin, has withdrawn from the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) and is dissolving the organization. Bill Lishman and Joe Duff developed the aircraft-guided migration method into an effective means of reintroducing endangered cranes into... Read More   

Perhaps some of you who have been members of WSO for a long time will remember that for many years we offered an annual Fall Campout at WSO’s Honey Creek Preserve. The last time we held this event was 2000, so it’s been a while. The outing probably was dropped, in part, due to the success of what is now annual late-September Jaegerfest weekend in Superior, started in 1999. In years past,... Read More   

The dog days of summer produced a few outstanding rarities. Horicon Marsh had excellent shorebird habitat and a nice variety of birds. One keen observer photographed a different looking shorebird that he correctly identified as a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. If accepted by WSO’s Records Committee this would be an addition to the Wisconsin bird list. This bird was seen for several days but with... Read More   

One of five Snowy Owls tagged over the winter in Wisconsin -- one of the SNOWiest on record with an estimated 280 documented here — has wound up delivering one of the biggest surprises of the season. Although Project SNOWstorm scientists had suspected the tracking season already was over, they got a great surprise on Memorial Day when Austin checked in for the first time in almost three weeks... Read More   

The Saturday night camping and cookout event didn’t work out (weather intervened!) but in all other respects the 2018 Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon was a great success. Mary Korkor, WSO’s new vice president and development chair, reports that the Mother’s Day event raised more than $15,000, thanks to the generous response to an all-member mail appeal that sought to broaden the base of... Read More   

Members of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology elected a new president and vice president during the Society’s 79th Annual Meeting on Saturday May 19 at the Green Lake Conference Center. They also re-elected the current secretary and treasurer, whose terms are for one year. -- Myles Hurlburt, from Rib Mountain in Marathon County, who has served as vice president for this past year, was... Read More   

Members of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology will elect both a new president and vice president during the Society’s 79th Annual Meeting on May 19 at the Green Lake Conference Center. The Nominating Committee, led this year by Peter McKeever of Monona, who also serves as the society’s legal counsel, will bring to WSO’s annual convention a slate of four officer nominees. The committee is... Read More   

The morning was about as perfect as it could be as our group gathered at 5:00 AM -- 48 degrees, with calm winds and clear skies.   Birds were singing all around us, with Swamp Sparrows, American Bitterns, and Sora and Virginia Rails calling from the marsh.  A pair of Great Horned Owls called in the distance, and from time to time bugled their unison calls from... Read More   

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