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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   

Bah on Birds: The Piping Plover

THE PIPING PLOVER By: Mariama Bah, who will be entering the 9th grade in the fall and is a reporter for Simpson Street Free Press 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... Read More   

WSO Seeks Executive Director

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO) is pleased to announce we have begun a search for our first ever Executive Director.  Who we are and what we do: The WSO is the state's leading volunteer membership organization dedicated to promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds. The WSO seeks to hire an Executive Director (ED) to assist the Board of Directors... Read More   

Proposed Granite Peak Ski Area Expansion Threatens Acadian Flycatcher Population

The WSO Conservation Committee is urging members to say no to the proposed expansion of the Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain State Park.  Located near Wausau, WI, Rib Mountain is home to nesting Acadian Flycatchers.  This is one of the few sites in northern Wisconsin to host this state-threatened bird. The Wisconsin DNR is currently accepting public input on the proposed... Read More   

May Rare Birds: An exciting month with many unusual birds

By Mark Korducki   May was an exciting month.  It began with strong southwesterly winds that pushed temperatures into the upper 80s in southern Wisconsin.  A rush of warblers and other migrants came along with it.  The second week of the month saw a return to colder temperatures and persistent north winds that slowed migration to a halt.  A return to a southerly air flow... Read More   

Great birds, special guest for Honey Creek Birdathon

By Adam Knueppel WSO Field Trips Chair WSO’s annual Honey Creek Birdathon took place Sunday, May 16 after a decision was made to proceed with the event amid the easing of pandemic cautions against group gatherings. The Bandathon was held the weekend prior to the Birdathon and was not included as a public offering this year. Members were invited to attend two leisurely offerings: one walk at 7... Read More   

WSO Board OKs ED hiring, other updates

By Carl Schwartz Badger Birder Editor       The WSO Board of Directors has taken another major step toward its goal of making the state’s leading bird conservation organization more impactful in both the short and long term. Meeting on May 23, the board  unanimously adopted a set of recommendations from the Conservation Consulting Group that will lead to the hiring of... Read More   

WSO hires its first staff assistant

By Sunil Gopalan WSO Vice President In February, WSO’s Board of Directors announced its intention to hire an administrative assistant as our first staff position. I am excited that we had many excellent and qualified candidates respond to the call we put out later that month. We are humbled by and grateful to everyone who reached out and expressed an interest in helping WSO with this new phase... Read More   

Latest Episode of Discover Wisconsin Features WSO Members

The latest episode of Discover Wisconsin features interviews with two of the WSO’s own!  The episode focuses on the city of Janesville and its outdoor attractions.  Board Member, Quentin Yoerger, and Member and UW-Whitewater Professor, Tom Klubertanz introduce viewers to birding opportunities in the city, and explain how important it is to protect vital bird... Read More   

WSO Conservation Committee has a lot on its plate

  In its April 10th quarterly report to WSO’s Board of Directors, the organization’s Conservation Committee outlined the issues that it is acting on or monitoring: Lobbying License: WSO has registered as a lobbyist with the State of Wisconsin at a level that limits spending to less than $500. If or when necessary, WSO can relicense for an additional $355, which then permits spending... Read More   

Field Trip Report: White River Marsh 5/1/21

  The Dawn Chorus at White River Marsh State Wildlife Area (photo credit: Tom Schultz) Saturday, May 1st, our group of 22 gathered in The White River Marsh State Wildlife Area around 5:00 AM. Compared to the temperatures of the week leading up to our trip, it felt chilly. The temperature started out at about 42 degrees with moderate winds out of the south and southwest around 15-25 mph... Read More