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The Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon is the official scholarly publication of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO), an organization of both professional and non-professional ornithologists dedicated to the study of Wisconsin birds. First published in 1939, the quarterly journal features a wide range of original information about Wisconsin birds and their habitats, including seasonal field reports, results from annual Christmas bird counts, descriptions of May and Big Day counts, and scientific research articles. Contributions include reports from birders throughout the state on unusual and interesting sightings and historical accounts from and about prominent Wisconsin naturalists. Editorial comments from officers in the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology are provided regularly.


Beginning in 2014, the journal introduced a peer-reviewed science section, publishing original research that advances the scientific understanding and conservation of Wisconsin birds and their habitats. The journal is especially interested in submissions from undergraduate and graduate students from Wisconsin institutions and from citizen scientists.


Archived issues are available through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection.


Editors: Bettie and Neil Harriman.

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