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Come to Waukesha County for WSO’s 2023 Convention

          The Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club will join WSO to host the 2023 convention on May 19-21 – WSO’s first since 2019!  As a venue, the convention committee has chosen The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee (, which is near the sprawling, bird-rich Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the many forests, prairies,... Read More   

New surveys find Honey Creek Preserve a rare gem, full of bird life, challenges, opportunities

Photo by Angus Mossman Federally-endangered rusty patched bumble bee on joe-pye weed in shrub swamp.         By Mike Mossman, Amy Staffen and Angus Mossman The recent addition of the Dischler tract to WSO’s Harold and Carla Kruse Honey Creek Nature Preserve has inspired renewed interest in current and longterm management needs at this very rich and important natural... Read More   

November Rare Birds: Vagrants again make some big news

                      Wendy Frasheski submitted to eBird her photograph of a Black Vulture seen over Wind Point in Racine County on Nov. 26.   By Mark Korducki November is traditionally an excellent month for vagrants. This proved to be the case once again.  The month got off to a blazing start with a Sharp-tailed... Read More   

‘tis the season to join a Christmas Count

By Tom Schultz The 123rd Audubon Christmas Bird Count season is almost upon us, and hopefully birders everywhere will be flocking to participate! This annual event is the longest-running citizen science project in our nation, and the accumulated data has provided bird researchers with vast amounts of population trend and distribution information. WSO helped to establish many of the 100+... Read More   

Calling all Wisconsin bird artists

If you are a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, your original Wisconsin bird artwork may become the design on the 2023 WSO convention T-shirt, and it may also be featured in one or more WSO publications. Please prepare your entry as follows: ·Artwork should include at least one of the following Waukesha-area bird species: Hooded Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher,... Read More   

Donate for Wisconsin's Birds

                      Photo by Sunil Gopalan Everything the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology does is for Wisconsin’s birds. It’s right in our name. As WSO continues with its flight forward, we are taking on more education and conservation actions for Wisconsin’s birds. We are stepping up our statewide leadership and... Read More   

Citizen science reports of banded cranes contribute to conservation in Wisconsin

Photo by Ted Thousand  A banded Whooping Crane reported as right: white red and left: white green red. By Stephanie M. Schmidt Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator International Crane Foundation      As the temperatures get colder and the days become shorter, Wisconsin skies will be filled with the bugling calls of Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes on their... Read More   

October Rare Birds: Good month for rarities includes hummer, rail, gull and teal

Photo by Dar Tiede This Broad-billed Hummingbird visited a feeder at a private residence in the Fox Cities during mid-October. By Mark Korducki Fall is often the best season to locate rare bids in Wisconsin. October was a good month overall with a steady stream ofmigrants and a few rare birds. The most unusual was a colorful Broad-billed Hummingbird found at a feeder in Outagamie County.... Read More   

Learning, birding with WSO in Wausau, Point

Dr. Robert Rosenfield holding a bird specimen Photos by Jennifer Lazewski and Rebecca Gilman   By Jennifer Lazewski WSO Executive Director      WSO had a great couple of days learning and birding in Wausau and Stevens Point Oct. 18-19. Members came from several counties, and many attended all three events. It was a great chance to get to know some of our fellow... Read More   

Members urged to nominate for Passenger Pigeon Awards

Wendy Schultz chairs the WSO Awards Committee and has been on a mission to personally present the Passenger Pigeon Awards that normally would have been handed out during the annual conventions that were cancelled due to COVID. WSO is accepting nominations through Dec. 31 for its annual Passenger Pigeon Awards. A nomination form can be completed and submitted online at... Read More   

Harrington Beach Hawk Watch 2022

Our WSO group gathered at the lower beach parking lot at Harrington Beach State Park at 8:00 AM.  It was a chilly morning – starting at about 34 degrees – but the sky was clear.  The wind was out of the west at about 10-15 mph, so we were optimistic about seeing a hawk migration – although this was now the 3rd day since the cold front first passed through Wisconsin, with... Read More