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

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact has touched the lives of most Americans and its ripple effects are sparing neither individuals nor organizations. WSO and the rest of the Wisconsin birding community obviously are among those affected. Most members of WSO may already be aware that, well before Gov. Evers issued his “Safer at Home” order, the Society canceled most of its events through June... Read More   

  The WSO provides the following guidance for those who are wondering whether they are still able to get out and bird-watch in light of Governor Evers’ recent “Safer at Home Order”: Although Governor Evers’ Order (issued on March 24, 2020) generally orders Wisconsinites to stay at home, the order provides an exception for Essential Activities, which include “outdoor... Read More   

WSO’s Membership Committee is highlighting its members. If you would like the WSO membership to know about a bird-related activity or project you’re involved in, please email Membership Chair Mary Murrell at WSO member Jenn Schneiderman is a co-leader of the Madison chapter of the Feminist Bird Club. Jenn is a masters student in wildlife ecology at UW-Madison,... Read More   

-By Wendy Schultz (WSO BIGBY Birding Coordinator)- WSO would like to congratulate ALL of Wisconsin’s BIGBY birders for the many MILES they put on their bikes and their feet, and for the birds they found, photographed and eBirded. They can be proud of their accomplishments. Here are the 2019 Champion BIGBY birders and their stories: Our 2019 FIRST PLACE CHAMPION is Steve Thiessen from... Read More   

-By Mark Korducki- The mild weather continued through February but it was snowier than January. A snowfall early in the month produced a rare visit from a Golden-crowned Sparrow at a Richland County feeder. This bird was seen on two occasions during a week but was very shy. There are only a handful of previous records of this colorful western sparrow. Susan Reed of Richland County... Read More   

By Susan Bonfield Director, Environment for the Americas In 2009, scientists captured a Whimbrel in coastal Virginia, an important stopover site for the species. When the bird, a female nicknamed Hope, was released, she carried a satellite transmitter that provided details about her future travels. Shuttling between breeding grounds in northwestern Canada and a wintering site in the Virgin... Read More   

  A state bird organization is entering 2020 with new energy, a new name, a new logo, a new hire and a major new project – all aimed at recapturing its role as one of the nation’s leaders in mobilizing statewide bird conservation. The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) is now the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership (WBCP), highlighting its structure and the mission it... Read More   

WSO annually invites its members to update their Wisconsin year and life totals, their ABA Area life totals, their BIGBY total and all of their county life totals.

But you have only until March 1 to submit them. 


Submissions are now closed for 2019.


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  Call for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Poster Submissions WSO Annual Convention May 14-17, 2020 Two Rivers, Wisconsin   The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO) invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit poster abstracts to be considered for presentation at our 2020 WSO Convention. The convention will offer students the opportunity... Read More   

  Tom Schultz, Field Trips co-chair As our group gathered near the Buena Vista kiosk around 8:00 AM, the temperature was fairly mild for January – about 27 degrees.  There was a moderate wind out of the northwest, which brought a bit of a wind chill, but at least we weren’t dealing with severe cold.  The skies were overcast, and our group numbered about 20, with... Read More