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WSO Mead Wildlife Area Field Trip – 4-17-2021

This year’s outing was held, Saturday, 4/17/2021.  We had 17 attendees from across the state.  The weather was nice and sunny, a bit cool and crisp. Temperatures were in the low to mid 40s.  For the 17 attendees a great time was had by all.   Leading our car caravan to our first stop, County Line Rd, we expected to see the few remaining Greater Prairie Chickens on the... Read More   

Find your flock, form a team: Great Wisconsin Birdathon is back!

By Caitlyn Schuchhardt Outreach Coordinator Natural Resources Foundation Ahh, spring. April marks an exciting time as we greet the spring migrants we’ve missed so much. But mixed in among the sandhills, the shorebirds and the songbirds is another awaited arrival—the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! This annual event, sponsored  by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, is the largest... Read More   

Atlas update: a peek at the cover, major data work

By Nicholas M. Anich Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator The Steering Committee for the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas commissioned illustrator Luke Seitz to paint the cover for our upcoming Atlas book. Luke is known for his works arranging species to form a state outline — which recalled for us the process of atlasing, where all of your disparate observations combine to form a coherent... Read More   

WSO honors 5 with Passenger Pigeon awards 

By Wendy Schultz WSO Awards Committee Chair During this time of many challenges, if there is a GOOD NEWS story to be shared, it is the annual recognition WSO gives to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in advancing bird conservation, promoting the field of ornithology and contributing to the Society. Despite the grip of a global pandemic, the year yielded... Read More   

Dane and Columbia County Ponds - 3/27/21

By - Adam Knueppel Photos - Tom Schultz   A forecast calling for steady rain on Saturday, March 27 might have deterred some, but not all, for our annual trip exploring some of Dane and Columbia County’s most productive wetland areas. The predicted forecast was accurate, and despite the weather (I know the ducks didn’t mind) we had a fairly productive outing, yielding a handful... Read More   

Rarities, pandemic made 2020 an exceptional year for birding

By Bob Domagalski Unlike the year 2019, when there were few unusual birds to be found, 2020 was a banner year for accidentals.  This abundance of rare species combined with a year of pandemic closures and precautions, in which birding was one of few safe outlets for activity, made for an exceptional year of birding. Two of the more outstanding finds that remained long enough for birders... Read More   

Sheboygan and Lake Michigan Shoreline - 03/13/21

By Adam Knueppel Photos by Tom Schultz Folks meeting at the Sheboygan Harbor were greeted with clear skies, tolerable winds, and a warming sun for our third outing of the year. The temperature was 36 degrees and the wind out of the SW averaging around 10-15 mph. In comparison to last month’s frigid trip to Buena Vista Grasslands, everyone appeared to be a little bit more enthusiastic. Travel... Read More   

February Rare Birds - Even a cold, snowy month yields some highlights

  By Mark Korducki After a mild start to winter, February proved to be snowy and colder than normal with several nights dropping below zero across the state.  Snow was light across the north but heavier than normal in the south.  After an unusual lake effect snow event that dropped 18 inches on Racine, Milwaukee reported a 25-inch snow cover for the first time in more than... Read More   

Future of Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

  By Deb Turski - WSO Conservation Committee Right now the future of land, water and habitat conservation in Wisconsin is at risk as the 2021 state budget process is underway. The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program (KNSP) is now up for a 10-year renewal in the 2021 budget negotiations. GOOD NEWS: On Feb. 15, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget came through with the DNR’s... Read More   

WSO seeks Administrative Assistant

The WSO seeks to hire an Administrative Assistant in a part time role. This person will assist us with postal mail and email correspondence, meeting scheduling, member and donor database management, event logistics, third party vendor communications, reporting, website updates and other similar duties. We are looking for someone who has the following skills and experience: Office management... Read More   

Buena Vista Grasslands Field Trip - Feb. 13

Photo taken by Tiffany Biederman -Written by Adam Knueppel- On Saturday, February 13, a group of fifteen, brave birders met in the Buena Vista Grasslands at 8 a.m. Temperatures averaged about –6 degrees and light snow was falling for much of the trip. Adam Knueppel, Tom Schultz, and Jeff Baughman led the trip. The wide-open grasslands, accompanied by northwest winds averaging 8-15... Read More