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

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, WSO has achieved many great accomplishments during our 80-year history, including coordinating one of the largest citizen science surveys in the state – the first and second Breeding Bird Atlases, preserving and managing critical bird habitat in the Baraboo Hills, and inspiring generations of people to enjoy and conserve Wisconsin’s birds. Please consider volunteering for WSO! Because WSO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, you may deduct as a charitable donation any out-of-pocket expenses incurred while donating time to the organization, but a value for your time and personal services may not be deducted.

Field Trip Leaders
WSO would like to expand our field trip itinerary to include more destinations in central and northern Wisconsin. If you are an experienced birder and enjoy leading groups of people, please consider joining our team of field trip leaders.

Contributing Writers
We welcome articles from members, non-members and partnering organizations for our monthly newsletter and quarterly journal. We have more ideas for interesting articles than we do authors, so please contact if you enjoy writing and would like to contribute to one of our publications.

Event Planning
WSO hosts an annual convention that features full-day field trips, presentations, workshops, silent auction and exhibits. We are always searching for local residents to help us make our conventions a success. We welcome help with planning, set-up, program coordination and all other aspects of these annual events.

Citizen Science Opportunities
WSO will be a major partner in the upcoming second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. We will be looking for volunteer surveyors to help us inventory the state’s breeding birds beginning in 2015.

Land Stewardship
WSO owns a nature center and more than 372 acres of critical bird habitat within the Baraboo Range of Sauk County. We host two work parties each year to clear the trail and conduct general maintenance on the building.

Committee Involvement
WSO would like to increase participation in our committees, which will allow us to be even stronger ambassadors for Wisconsin’s birds. If you have an interest in bird conservation, education, research or have website experience, we have a job for you!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, send an email to