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BIPOC Birding Club enjoying success in its first year

  Photo by Theresa Brown From left: Dexter Patterson, Rita Flores Wiskowski and Dr. Jeff Galligan By Rita Flores Wiskowski The BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin was founded in Madison in June 2021 by Dr. Jeff Galligan and Dexter Patterson. It’s a community for and of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in birds and the beauty of natural... Read More   

WSO asks YOU to help organize Big Birding Bash on May 21-22

The Wisconsin Society of Ornithology, in place of its annual convention this year, would like to invite birders of all levels (members and non-members) throughout Wisconsin to participate in the state’s first Big Birding Bash. The event will consist of birding walks, field trips and other birding opportunities offered throughout Wisconsin on May 21 or May 22. Any groups or individuals will be... Read More   

Dane and Columbia County Ponds 2022 Report

Wow, this field trip felt much more like January than late March!  The temperature all morning under cloudy skies was 23 degrees, which was cold enough, but the strong northwest winds made the wind chills really brutal.  Besides that, there were snow flurries in the air from time to time. Despite the frigid weather, there were 19 hardy individuals who showed up at Goose Pond Sanctuary... Read More   

2022 Sheboygan Lakefront Field Trip Report

by Tom Schultz About 20 of us gathered at the Sheboygan Marina at 7:00 AM on Saturday, March 12 for what was supposed to be the first outing of Spring – but really felt more like a January field trip!  The temperature was only 7 degrees, and there was a stiff NW wind blowing.  Fortunately, the skies were clear and the sun was bright – but it sure didn’t seem to provide much... Read More   

Sheboygan Field Trip Report - 3/12/22

By Tom Schultz About 20 of us gathered at the Sheboygan Marina at 7:00 AM on Saturday, March 12 for what was supposed to be the first outing of Spring – but really felt more like a January field trip!  The temperature was only 7 degrees, and there was a stiff NW wind blowing.  Fortunately, the skies were clear and the sun was bright – but it sure didn’t seem to provide much... Read More   

Your photos on an updated WSO website!

  The WSO is in the process of launching an updated website; one with a more modern look and feel, a mobile-friendly and responsive layout, and one which we can use to more effectively communicate with our membership. As part of this process, we'd like to refresh the photos used on the website as well. We know many of you are excellent photographers and we're reaching out with the hope that... Read More   

Flight Forward campaign achieves goal

By Jennifer Lazewski WSO Executive Director Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our membership, we have met our goal of raising $150,000 to expand the society’s operations and programs. A generous lead gift from Dr. Adel B Korkor kicked off the appeal, which accomplished the targeted goal. Members of WSO’s Board of Directors contributed nearly one-third of the amount. The rest came... Read More   

Birds may be helpless against cats, but we don't have to be

  Predation by domestic cats is the No. 1 human-caused threat to birds in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S. alone, outdoor catskill approximately 2.4 billion birds every year. Although this number may seem unbelievable, it represents the combinedimpact of tens of millions of outdoor cats. By Steve Betchkal I belong to a popular city-wide neighborhood chat group here in Eau Claire called... Read More   

Buena Vista Field Trip Report – February 12th, 2022

The snowfall this winter has been on the light side, so some roads that had been impassable during other years were easy to drive – including Prairie Chicken Road and Swamp Road, which were where we started.  The latter road had a NORTHERN SHRIKE perched atop a small tree, as well as a COMMON RAVEN and a couple of AMERICAN CROWS. We drove west on Hwy. W to Townline Road, which we took... Read More   

WSO is Recruiting!

The WSO is hiring an Administrative Assistant in a part time role. The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is a nonprofit organization whose mission is promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds. This person would have a primary role in membership services and assist with communications, publications, events, and funds development. We are looking for a collaborative... Read More   

Flight forward appeal soars to 80% of goal!

Thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of our membership, the Flight Forward appeal has raised $119,000, or nearly 80% of its goal. These funds will be used to support the organization’s operations, staff and program development. “It is crucial that we do a better job of protecting birds and bringing attention to the many threats facing our feathered friends. We can only do that by... Read More