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The Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse (WSGS) has been involved in a wide variety of projects designed to preserve sharptails and their habitat in Wisconsin. These projects have ranged from providing funds to buy sharptail habitat to lobbying state government to reopen the sharptail hunting season.
Brush Prairie at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Burnett County, WI
The WSGS contributed money on several occasions to help acquire sharptail-supporting barrens habitat in the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and has sponsored events to celebrate these important land acquisitions. The WSGS also contributed funds to help construct the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center that contains important displays that promote sharptails.
Other funds were contributed to buy radio transmitters for sharptails translocated from Crex Meadows to Moquah Barrens.
The WSGS also supported the recent translocation project moving doomed sharptails from Bayfield County industrial forests to the Pershing Wildlife Area.
WSGS also helped fund important sharptail research conducted by the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and Madison.
The WSGS provided money to buy a brush mower for the Sandhill Wildlife Area, sharptail viewing blinds for Northland College, censusing sharptails, a mail survey in the Ashland Red Clay area, and brush cutting parties in the Riley Lake Wildlife Area in the Chequamegon National Forest.
The WSGS has supported the Green Bay Governor’s Conference on Hunting, several pine barrens and sharp-tailed grouse workshops and tours, the Wisconsin Grouse Symposium, DU’s Great Outdoor Festival, the 2003 Siren Prairie Grouse Technical Council meeting, and the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.
The WSGS also supports and has supported other wildlife conservation groups by maintaining memberships in those organizations. These include the North American Grouse Partnership, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, the Friends of Crex, the Friends of the Bird Sanctuary, the Friends of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area, and the former Wisconsin Stewardship Network and the Wisconsin Outdoor Alliance.
Other projects have included input into the management plans for public properties that either contain or have contained sharptails or sharptail habitat. A partial list includes the Moquah Barrens in the Chequamegon National Forest, the Brule River, the Northern Highland, and the Governor Knowles state forests and several county forests and wildlife management areas. Another important project was input into the DNR’s sharp-tailed grouse management plan. Some of these projects involved testimony before state government officials in Madison.
Another successful project was lobbying for a new sharptail harvest program that was responsible for the reopening of the sharp-tailed grouse hunting season in the 1990s that was closed in the 1990s.
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