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The Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse (WSGS) is a private, nonprofit organization formed in 1990 by a group of sportsmen, conservationists, and citizens interested in the preservation of sharp-tailed grouse and their habitat in Wisconsin. The sharptail is a flagship species of Wisconsin oak and pine barrens, savannas, sedge meadows, and bog habitats.
The objectives of the WSGS are to publicize the sharptails plight in the state; educate the public and resource professionals about sharptails; encourage the management of sharptail habitat; promote both hunting and non-hunting recreational use of sharptails; and influence both state and local decisions that will benefit sharp-tailed grouse and other barrens species.
The WSGS holds its annual membership meeting in late April at a different location each year somewhere in Wisconsin’s sharptail range. The annual meeting usually consists of a Saturday afternoon business meeting and program followed by a membership banquet. The meeting continues early Sunday morning with a tour of a sharptail management area or actually counting displaying male sharptails. The meeting ends with a membership brunch. The WSGS officers and board members meet three times annually, with one meeting prior to the annual meeting.
Presently the WSGS is an active group of about 200 members that continue to be an advocate for sharptails and their habitat in the state. Membership dues are the main source of revenue for the WSGS. Other WSGS fund-raising efforts include the sale of limited edition art prints featuring sharp-tailed grouse and decals, patches, and caps with the WSGS logo. Members receive a newsletter three times per year and opportunities to become involved in WSGS projects and programs.
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