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Can you imagine a world without songbirds? Campaign aims to make it easier to help birds at home

    Madison resident Kate Dike and husband Fred returned from the Bringing Birds Back Conference in Oshkosh ready to spread the SOS Save Our Songbirds message.   By Lisa Gaumnitz SOS Save Our Songbirds Coordinator Madison - The beautiful songs and plumage of birds are welcome signs of spring, yet many bird lovers are noticing their feeders — and nearby fields and forests... Read More   

Full schedule for May 28 Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon

By Jennifer Lazewski WSO Executive Director The annual Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon is scheduled for Sunday May 28 at the Harold and Carla Kruse Honey Creek Nature Preserve. We hope to see you there for a great morning of activities at WSO’s incredible bird habitat in the Baraboo Hills Important Bird Area. Tom Schultz and Jeff Baughman will be leading Birdathon activities throughout the... Read More   

Dane and Columbia County Ponds Field Trip Report – 4/2/23 

After having our field trip postponed by one day due to forecasted bad weather, our group met at 7:00 AM on Sunday, April 2nd at Goose Pond.  The temperature as we gathered was 27 degrees, with partly cloudy skies and brisk south winds (about 10-25 mph). Lots of waterfowl were present on the pond as we arrived, although some groups of swans and other birds were departing.  In view... Read More   

Lake DuBay - Portage County 4/2/23

By Rob Pendergast Regional Field Trip Leader  Six birders braved the more winter-like conditions at Lake DuBay. While the lake was still mostly frozen, the shift in wind overnight helped push a few birds into the area.    Lake DuBay Sunrise - Photo By Rob Pendergast We started scanning the patch of open water north of Co E; 64 TUNDRA SWANS were resting on the ice.... Read More   

Join caravans to bird your way to 81st WSO Convention

JOIN US FOR A “HEADING-TO-CONVENTION” FIELD TRIP ON FRIDAY, MAY 19! For this year’s convention, WSO is trying something new!  Instead of the traditional “pre-convention” or “post-convention” two-day field trips that we’ve offered for many years, we are organizing field trips that begin at various locations around the state.  These trips will all take place on Friday,... Read More   

Book a room now for WSO Convention

The 2023 WSO Convention– our first since 2019! -- will be held at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee (, which is near the sprawling, bird-rich Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the many prairies, lakes and rivers in the area. The hotel is just an hour’s drive east of Madison and an hour south of Horicon Marsh; it’s even closer to Lake... Read More   

Convention keynoter author wants us to ‘Keep Looking Up’

As we hopefully move past COVID 19, the keynote speaker for the 2023 WSO convention will bring a timely message to the Wisconsin birding community. Tammah Watts is the author of the much anticipated and widely praised book “Keep Looking Up – Your Guide to the Powerful Healing of Birdwatching.” Watts, a member of the Audubon California Board of Directors since 2021, has served the community... Read More   

WSO Seeks Administrative Assistant

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology seeks an organized administrator to assist with membership, development, and communications. WSO is a nonprofit organization whose mission is promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds.  This is a part-time position for 10 to 20 hours a week. The salary for this position is $25 an hour. This is a remote position with work... Read More   

Sheboygan Lakefront 3-11-23

Iceland Gull, Photo by Myles Hurlburt   By Tom SchultzWSO Field Trips Committee After a heavy snowfall the day before, the ground was covered with a thick layer, but fortunately the day of our field trip was dry – even though it remained cloudy.  The temperature was moderate, ranging from 29-32 degrees, and the wind was only 5-15 m.p.h. from the northeast.  Eurasian... Read More   

Longtime WSO editor Kemper dies at 103

“Charlie” Kemper was honored at the 2019 WSO Convention in Altoona.   Chippewa Falls — Dr. Charles A. Kemper, 103, editor of WSO’s quarterly journal The Passenger Pigeon for more than two decades, passed away on Feb. 11 at his Chippewa Falls home with his family at his side while under hospice care. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15,  at Christ... Read More   

Changes recommended for WSO dues, publications

By Jennifer Lazewski WSO Executive Director     The WSO Board of Directors is recommending changes to membership dues, levels and publication fees after the first dues review since 2017. These recommendations resulted from a task force on membership dues after a thorough review of WSO history, current conditions, other comparable organizations and consultant suggestions. Under... Read More