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WSO comes to the rescue of WISBIRDN

Listserv gains a new owner - and some updates In late September, the Wisconsin Birding Network (WISBIRDN) mailing list transitioned to the ownership of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology). All of the technical details were engineered  by Tom Sykes, the longtime former list owner, and Sunil Gopalan, WSO vice president and web administrator. Gopalan and Sykes both issued email... Read More   

Jaegerfest 2021: Report and Photos

Parasitic Jaeger - Light Morph Adult
By Tom Schultz Jaegerfest Report 2021 Although Jaegerfest 2021 was not an “official” WSO field trip again this year (due to COVID concerns, like the 2020 cancellation), quite a few birders made the trip to Wisconsin Point from September 16 to 19.  There was a period on Saturday morning when there were roughly 70 birders present on the beach! Wendy and I arrived on Thursday morning... Read More   

New era for WSO with hiring of director

On Monday, Oct. 4, Jennifer Lazewski of Wauwatosa, will begin work as WSO’s first executive director. Lazewski accepted a hiring offer from WSO President Mary Korkor and Vice President Sunil Gopalan after a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors to accept the recommendations of its search committee. That vote followed a virtual meet-and greet with Lazewski on Sept. 13. On Sept. 26, the... Read More   

Late Summer Rare Birds: An exciting time with Wood Stork, Snowy Plover, Red Knots

By Mark Korducki The dog days of summer produced a number of exciting bird sightings. DNR biologist Ryan Brady shared this image of a Wood Stork photographed in Rusk County on July 7.  The bird was present at a private residence for about 30 minutes near dusk, flew off, and was not seen again. A Wood Stork was photographed in Rusk County.  Surprisingly there are five previous... Read More   

WSO launches regional coordinator program

WSO is launching a program to strengthen its statewide presence, increase the diversity of our membership and build a more unified advocacy network for birds and birding.  The newly minted Regional Coordinator Program hopes to recruit talented and passionate volunteers from all 72 counties to serve as regional liaisons to WSO. Our roster of volunteers is growing every day.  It already... Read More   

WSO recruiting editors for its key publications

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, WSO has celebrated many accomplishments during our 80-year history, including coordinating the first and second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlases, preserving and managing critical bird habitat on our Honey Creek Preserve and inspiring generations of people to study,... Read More   

2022 WSO Convention: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the 2022 WSO Convention! “Great Birding on a Great Lake!”May 19-22, 2022 Sepia Chapel in Two Rivers The same great event that was planned for 2020 will be offered in Two Rivers from Thursday through Sunday, May 19-22, 2022. Please join us for a fun-filled weekend of field trips, social events, award ceremonies and... Read More   

State Coalition to Support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

A diverse group of wildlife, environmental and sporting conservation organizations have formed the Wisconsin Coalition for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and are calling on members of Congress to support federal legislation to increase funding that would benefit a variety of species and habitats. More than 30 groups – including WSO -- already participate in the new coalition and they... Read More   

Bah on Birds: The Great Egret

By Mariama Bah, age 14 Hello and welcome to “Bah on Birds.” I’m Mariama Bah, author of “Bah on Birds” and a volunteer for the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology. In my free time, I like to crochet, read books, and learn new things, which is why I joined the WSO. What I hope to accomplish with my volunteer work is to educate people about the endangered and threatened birds of Wisconsin... Read More   

Summer Rare Birds Report: Mega-Rare Arctic Loon Spotted in Bayfield County

By Mark Korducki Early summer is a great time to find vagrants in Bayfield County at the tail end of spring migration.   In the recent past, birders have found some amazing birds including Sage Thrasher and Tropical Kingbird.  On Memorial Day, a group of birders discovered a loon out on Lake Superior.  After careful study they photographed what will likely be accepted as the... Read More   

Meet the Northern Goshawk in "Eyes on the Hawk"

In Wisconsin, the Northern Goshawk is a secretive raptor, rarely-encountered. Yet it nests throughout our northern counties, its meager population waxing and then waning during its regular prey cycles.  Learn more about this fascinating bird from Ornithologist Thomas Erdman, who leads us deep into the woods for a closer look at this powerful accipiter in our newest WSO Bird TV video, “Eyes... Read More