A Bright Future for the Desert Tortoise
Project Animal(s) : Greater Prairie-Chicken
Project Category : Birds
Project Region : North America
Project Type : Conservation
Project URL : https://www.conservationfund.org/projects/behold-the-prairie-chicken
Project is timebound? : No
Populations of both varieties of prairie chickens (the greater prairie-chicken and the lesser prairie-chicken) have declined to near extinction over the past century, primarily because of the conversion of their native prairie grassland habitat to forestland and farmland. Today, this great American bird is losing ground—literally.
In Wisconsin, the plight of the prairie chicken has brought together landowners, public agencies and conservation groups in a widespread effort to protect grassland habitat. We helped with the preservation of prime tallgrass prairie habitat that lies adjacent to the Buena Vista Wildlife Area in the state’s last Greater Prairie-Chicken stronghold. The Fund purchased the land from Blue Top Farms Inc. and plans to transfer ownership to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to manage as habitat for a variety of grassland birds.
Project Agency : The Conservation Fund
Project Agency Contact : https://www.conservationfund.org/
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