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

This year marked a new and earlier start time- 7:00 AM- for this popular field trip. We had decided to try an earlier meeting time because in the past we had noted that many geese had flown out from the flooded fields where they had been present just an hour before- and the new starting time appeared to work well for that reason! There were about 40 enthusiastic birders present at the Goose... Read More   

On Sunday March 6, 42 people assembled at the Sheboygan Marina at about 8 AM, for WSO’s annual spring lakefront field trip. The weather was fairly pleasant but the moderate winds put a bite to the air. So hats, gloves and a heavy coat were in order. Within the Sheboygan Harbor and river channel we found 25 species. From the marina we had scope views of 2 Adult Great Black-backed Gulls and a... Read More   

Tell us a little about your background and how you first got involved in birding: I was born in the town of Valentine in the sandhills of Nebraska. My dad ran a hydro-electric power plant east of Valentine on the Niobrara River in the Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was host to elk, bison, and Texas Longhorns, as well as antelope, deer, and prairie dogs. Local birds included Western... Read More   

To the uninitiated birder, urban birding may instantly bring up images of magestically soaring Rock Doves, humble House Sparrows, and the rare American Robin flitting through the concrete jungle. But even in Wisconsin's largest urban area it can be so much more! Did you know that Milwaukee County holds the highest eBird bird observation list (363 species) for any county in Wisconsin? How about... Read More   

The current global loss of biodiversity is well beyond the background rate of extinction, and we may be experiencing the sixth great mass extinction in geological history. There are six primary threats causing these declines in biodiversity: habitat loss, disease, overexploitation, pollution, climate change, and invasive species. Throughout Wisconsin's history, we have seen various forms of... Read More   

In 2016, all who value birds have a reason to celebrate. This year marks the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty, a compromise between nations hatched from the passion and engagement of citizens, politicians, and fledgling conservation groups across North America. Signed between the United Nations and Canada on Aug. 16, 1916, the Migratory Bird Treat established guidelines for protecting and... Read More   

It was quite a morning at the Buena Vista Grasslands.  With sunshine and calm winds, even an early morning temperature around zero didn’t feel too bad – but, best of all, every tree and plant was covered with a thick, white layer of hoar frost! Our group of about sixteen gathered along Hwy. W around 8:00 AM. We got off to a great start when a large flock of Greater Prairie-Chickens was... Read More   

WSO funding let Project SNOWstorm tag owl in '13 The 2015-'16 season of Project SNOWstorm got off to an exciting start when Buena Vista- the Snowy Owl electronically-tagged very early in the project with $2,500 in funding from WSO-- checked in after being out of touch for 20 months. Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul posted in his Project SNOWstorm blog on Dec. 14 that his team was "a bit... Read More   

Milwaukee Lakeshore Field Trip – Sat., January 9, 2016   Folks began gathering at South Shore Yacht Club a little after 7:30 AM.  The skies were cloudy, but the temperature was pretty mild for early January – around 30 degrees – and the wind was fairly light from the west – so the day was really quite comfortable (compared to most years!).   Around 7:45 an... Read More   

So tell us a little about your background and how you first got involved in birding? I grew up in Evanston, Ill., the oldest of four kids. My sister and two brothers are still my best friends and we had a wonderful childhood split between the city and my grandmother's farm in Greencastle, Ind. It was my Grandmother Mary who first introduced me to birds. "Mama Mary" fed the birds and provided... Read More