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

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   

Since 2010 some of our state's most intrepid bird watchers have shunned the use of fossil fuels for a cleaner pursuit of their hobby.  Green birding is carbon neutral and relies on human-powered transportation, such as walking, biking, or canoeing/kayaking. You gain a deeper appreciation of your local area, you reduce your negative impact on the environment, you are physically active, and... Read More   

The late Dr. Noel Cutright, a leading figure in the state's ornithological community for more than three decades, will receive a major honor this spring. The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Foundation is recognizing him for his significant contributions to conservation. Cutright will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony tentatively scheduled for... Read More   

The Passenger Pigeon journal invites you to submit articles, research and otherwise, plus photos and/or artwork pertaining to birds in Wisconsin. The Pigeon, published quarterly, is WSO’s official scholarly journal. Nonetheless, anyone, professional or not, is welcome to submit material. Members of WSO receive a printed copy of each issue as it appears. If you are missing a copy, past issues... Read More   

Many of ‘our birds’ - warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, orioles, tanagers and more - are now tucked up safely on Latin American Bird Friendly® coffee farms until spring. Over 20 years ago, research by scientists at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) proved that traditional family farms growing shade coffee provided an agro-forestry system that helps birds, both neotropical migrants... Read More