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Field Success Adds 9 Species that Need Atlas Sponsors

Donors rewarded with tanager-themed gifts The success of field volunteers for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II has made it possible to offer project supporters the opportunity to sponsor nine additional species that will be featured in the final publication. These are in addition to the 239 species already offered and claimed through the Sponsor-a-Species program, the largest private source... Read More   

AmazonSmile and Your Holiday Shopping!

The holidays are approaching...! Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Inc when you do your holiday shopping at Your purchase supports Wisconsin Society for Ornithology efforts, including the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II Project, research projects, grants, education, land purchases,... Read More   

Several October Rarities Prove to be Cooperative

By Mark Korducki October started out warmer and wetter than normal but cooled off rapidly and temperatures were a bit below normal for the second half of the month. Light snow blanketed the field during a Badgers' home game and the entire state had a hard freeze on the third weekend of the month. A few cooperative rarities were observed. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are always a treat. An... Read More   

Milwaukee Bucks Open First Bird-friendly Arena

Fiserv Forum uses glass visible to birds, minimizes disorienting light The Milwaukee Bucks have achieved a first with their new arena: Fiserv Forum will be the world’s first bird-friendly sports and entertainment arena, upon completion of the Bucks’ application for LEED Silver® certification. This is a significant victory for bird conservation because up to 1 billion birds die annually... Read More   

Extension of Stewardship Program Clears First Hurdle

This is the second in a series of reports on potential termination of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in 2020. By Michael John Jaeger, WSO Conservation Committee Chair Since 1990, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program has been a tremendous success in affording long-term protection to quality natural areas (such as WSO’s recent Honey Creek Nature Preserve expansion), the... Read More   

Bird Protection Fund tops $1 Million Mark for WI bird conservation

By Nora Simmons, Communications Director, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin The Bird Protection Fund—a collaboration among the Natural Resources Foundation (NRF) of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—has now raised and distributed a total of $1,014,566 for bird conservation since its creation in... Read More   

WSO Seeks Nominations for Annual Passenger Pigeon Awards

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology recognizes individuals or organizations that have made outstanding achievements in bird conservation, promoting the field of ornithology, and contributing to the society and is seeking nominations through the end of the year for its 2019 Passenger Pigeon Awards. Please consider worthy individuals or groups for the following awards which will be presented at... Read More   

43rd ‘Birds in Art’ Takes Flight in Wausau

2018 marks 8th appearance by WSO’s Tom Schultz New avian-themed artworks by more 114 worldwide artists comprise the 43rd annual, internationally renowned 2018 “Birds in Art” exhibition, on view here through Nov. 25 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Innovative artistic approaches and intriguing mediums – from acrylic and oxidized sterling silver leaf to cut turkey feathers and oil... Read More   

Harrington Beach Hawk Watch 2018

Article written by Tom Schultz. Our group started gathering under cloudy skies in the lower parking lot at Harrington Beach State Park a little before 8:00 AM on Sunday, Oct. 7th. About 22 were in attendance. There was a moderately strong wind blowing out of the northeast, which we knew would create fairly lousy conditions for a hawk flight (west or northwest wind vectors would be much better),... Read More   

4th Season Atlas Findings Include 4 New Possible Breeding Species

After the fourth and penultimate year of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II (WBBA II) survey, volunteers have observed 242 bird species in the state, and have confirmed 225 of those species as breeding. Of the potential breeders, four new species were found this year that could make for exciting confirmations in 2019, including Barn Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned... Read More   

2018 Jaegerfest Field Trip Report (Sep. 21-23)

Article written by Tom Schultz. FRIDAY MORNING of Jaegerfest started under cloudy skies, with fairly strong winds blowing out of the north-northwest – creating large waves that were rolling onto the beach at Lot 1. As large as they were, they had obviously been larger during the overnight hours, since there were big logs, sticks, etc. that had been carried high onto the beach – right up to... Read More