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...
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,...
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 Rivershttps://sepia-chapel-two-rivers.business.site/
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...