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White River Marsh 4 APRIL 2024

Our traditional start time for this field trip is 5:00 AM – an early start to experience the dawn chorus on the marsh – but I’d heard a couple of YELLOW RAILS near our starting point the day before, so I encouraged anyone interested in trying for them to arrive by 4:30!  Sure enough, as we arrived in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, May 4 there was a YELLOW... Read More   

Mead Wildlife - 20 April 2024

This year’s outing was held, Saturday, April 20, 2024.  Like last year, this is the latest date we’ve ever had this trip.  (AGAIN a good thing, as Marathon County’s April weather has felt more like February).  The weather was cold 30 degrees, very breezy and partly cloudy.  By the time we were done it was still only 35degrees. We had a total of 15 attendees from across... Read More   

Dane and Columbia County Ponds - 23 March 2024

    This has been a very strange spring, with mild weather arriving already in late February – bringing big flocks of waterfowl to Wisconsin much earlier than normal.  As this late-March field trip approached, we wondered how many ducks and geese would still be around.  In addition, the recent precipitation has been well below normal, so fewer fields have been flooded this... Read More   

Sheboygan Lakefront – 9 March 2024

   The field trip participants gathered at 8:00 AM in Kohler-Andrae State Park at the Sanderling Nature Center parking lot.  The skies were clear and sunny and the temperature at 33 degrees, but with a chilly wind blowing out of the northwest.  This field trip was following on the heels of a mild winter and early spring, so our expectations were not high.  After taking... Read More   

WSO Convention Registration Open

                    We hope you’ll join us in May for Great Birding on A Great Lake! By WSO Convention Organizers Come join us for WSO’s annual convention on May 17-19 in Two Rivers at the Lighthouse Inn and Conference Center right on Lake Michigan. Convention registration will run from March 1 to April 25. More information is... Read More   

Announcement of the 2024 WSO Passenger Pigeon Awards

Announcement of the 2024 WSO Passenger Pigeon Awards By Wendy Schultz, WSO Awards Coordinator With so much political turmoil in the world, it is comforting to know the positive impact birds and nature can have on us when we immerse ourselves in it. A simple walk in the woods will tamp down anxiety, bringing us that famous “peaceful, easy feeling” that connects us to the natural world.... Read More   

Buena Vista Grasslands 2024

 – Field Trip Report The morning was cloudy as we gathered in Bancroft, and the temperature was 26 degrees – relatively balmy compared to many previous years that were closer to zero!  Unfortunately, the wind was fairly stiff out of the northwest, which definite kept things chilly in this open landscape.  The recent mild temperatures had melted nearly all of the snow cover,... Read More   


By Wendy Schultz, WSO BIGBY Birding Coordinator The Wisconsin Society of Ornithology is heading into its EIGHTH year of managing the Wisconsin Green Birding Challenge—better known as BIGBY birding. For those of you who need a refresher course on what BIGBY stands for, it means BIG GREEN BIRDING YEAR.  This more-than-exciting and HEART-HEALTHY form of competitive birding is carbon neutral... Read More   

Book hotel rooms today for WSO Convention May 17-19 in Two Rivers

Are you joining us at our convention in Two Rivers, May 17 -19? We hope so! Make your hotel reservations asap to take advantage of special rates. We currently have blocks of rooms reserved at The Lighthouse Inn (convention headquarters), as well as at the Village Inn on the Lake, and the Inn on Maritime Bay in Manitowoc. Call and ask for the WSO Convention Rate. Once these blocks fill, rates... Read More   

Join WSO at the 2024 Garden and Landscape Expo!

Join fellow nature lovers at PBS Wisconsin’s annual Garden & Landscape Expo in Madison from Feb. 9-11.  The annual event will take place Friday through Sunday, at the Alliant Energy Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about gardening for birds using native plants and environmentally sustainable practices.  Jennifer Lazewski's very bird-friendly yard! WSO's... Read More   

WSO convention to be held in Two Rivers

American Avocet by Rebecca Jabs  Great Birding on a Great Lake! Come join fellow WSO members in Two Rivers at the Lighthouse Inn and Conference Center on the Lake Michigan shore for our 82nd Annual Convention (May 17-19). Convention registration will run from March 1 to April 15.  The Lake Michigan shoreline in Two Rivers Check-in will begin at 3 pm on Friday, May 17, followed by... Read More