The Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society (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 Sharp-tailed grouse is a flagship species of Wisconsin's: oak and pine barrens, savannas, sedge meadows, and bog habitats.
The objectives of WSGS are to publicize the sharptail's plight in the state; educate the public and resource professionals about sharptails, encourage the management of sharptail habitat, promote 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 Spring at a different location each year, somewhere in Wisconsin’s Sharp-tailed grouse range. The annual meeting consists of a Saturday afternoon business meeting and program followed by a membership banquet. The WSGS officers and board members meet three times annually, with one meeting prior to the annual meeting.
Presently WSGS is an active group of over 200 members who continuously advocate for sharptails and their habitat in Wisconsin. 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. Almost 100% of membership fees go directly to Sharp-tailed grouse and their habitat in Wisconsin. Members receive a newsletter three times per year and opportunities to become involved in WSGS projects and programs.