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A Salute to WSO’s 2018 BIGBY Birding Champs!

-By Wendy Schultz, WSO BIGBY Birding Coordinator-  WSO would like to congratulate all the BIGBY birders of the state — for the many miles they put on their bikes and feet, and for the birds they found, photographed and eBirded. They can be proud of their accomplishments. Here are the 2018 Champion BIGBY birders and their stories: FIRST PLACE goes to Emily Weiser of Onalaska in La... Read More   

Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings

Kari Hagenow Conservation Committee Chair Wisconsin Society for Ornithology March 18, 2019 RE: Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings Dear WSO Members and Friends: My name is Kari Hagenow. I recently accepted the position of Conservation Committee Chair on the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Board. Professionally, I work for a non-profit organization, The Nature Conservancy, out... Read More   

Columbia County Ponds Field Trip Report 2019

-Written By Tom Schultz (WSO Field Trips Co-Chair)-  The morning was fabulous, with clear skies, light winds, and a starting temperature around 27 degrees as our group gathered at Goose Pond on March 23 – which was our 2nd possible date for this trip. The ponds there were still frozen, although there was a bit of open water on the north side. Due to that factor, we and the 25-30 attendees... Read More   

Time to Gear Up for 2019 Great WI Birdathon

-By Diane Packett, Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator-  Preparations are underway for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019. Now in its eighth year, the Birdathon is the primary fundraiser for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Bird Protection Fund, which has raised more than $1 million for bird protection and research since 2008.      Funds... Read More   

A Crucial Call for Volunteers to Attend Workshop

-By Carrie Becker and Lisa Gaumnitz-  The snow may be flying, but Great Horned Owls are already sitting on eggs, defying the idea of creature comfort. Their breeding activity is spurring hundreds of volunteers to begin the fifth and final season of collecting data for a comprehensive, once-in-a-generation statewide breeding bird survey. To energize these volunteers for the final push and... Read More   

WSO Sheboygan Lakefront Field Trip 2019

Written by Jeff Baughman On Sunday, March 10, about 20 people assembled at the Sheboygan Marina at about 8 AM, for WSO’s annual spring lakefront field trip. We were happy to have seven members of Wisconsin’s Young Birders group and their chaperones participating, too. The weather was chilly but a gusty west winds put a bite to the air – so hats, gloves and a heavy coat were in order. Most... Read More   

Registration Opens for Very Special WSO Convention

 -By Dar and Cathy Tiede WSO Convention Committee Chairs-   Daylight hours are getting longer, cardinals are singing, and spring is on the way! Time to open registration for WSO’s 80th annual convention! The convention will take place Friday May 24 through Monday May 27 in the Eau Claire area with the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society as local co-host. Convention activities will take... Read More   

Rare Birds Brought Unexpected Color

 -By Mark Korducki-  The month of January begin with mild conditions and no snow. Milwaukee had a record high of 54 degrees on the 5th. These warm conditions continued until the middle of the month before much of the state was blanketed by snow and the polar vortex moved in and dropped temperatures well below zero. Temperatures during the month’s final few days were expected to... Read More   

SAVE THE DATE! May 19 at Honey Creek Preserve

Great opportunity to view rock-star birds, preserve their habitat! What: 2019 Honey Creek Birdathon and Bandathon Where: Harold and Carla Kruse Honey Creek Nature Preserve When: 8 a.m. Sunday, May 19 How to get there: The Honey Creek Nature Preserve can be reached by going west out of Prairie du Sac on Highway PF approximately 15 miles to Skyview Drive (Lins Road on older maps). Turn left... Read More   

Prolific Birder to Keynote Atlas’ Final Kickoff

-By Carrie Becker WBBA II Communications Director-  Visitors to the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Final Kickoff this April will have the opportunity to learn from (and maybe even hoist a beer with!) Ian Davies, one of the “Big 4” coordinators at eBird. Arguably one of the most prolific birders in the world, Davies has trekked to 45 countries in his search of birds, observing... Read More   

Deep Freeze Field Trip at Buena Vista!

Written by Tom Schultz We had been concerned about the bitter cold forecast, and even posted a warning on the WSO website a few days ahead… but the reality on the morning of January 26 was even worse. The temperature on the drive over to the Buena Vista grasslands dropped down to -27 degrees at one point! Due to this brutal cold snap, we really weren’t expecting anyone to show up, but as we... Read More