Wisconsin's Greater Prairie Chicken

Wisconsin's Greater Prairie Chicken (HM34)

Location: Bancroft, WI 54921 Portage County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 20.222', W 89° 38.629'

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(Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus)

These open grasslands in the Buena Vista Marsh, Portage County, were one of the last remaining strongholds of the Greater Prairie Chicken in Wisconsin. Once abun?dant in the state, this impressive bird nearly disappeared when its grassland habitat was converted to croplands, pastures and forests. Many committed individuals and organizations worked to preserve the "chicken," purchasing nearly 15,000 acres of grasslands since 1954. Thanks to these conservation efforts, chickens can be observed gathering here on their territorial "booming grounds" each April. Hoping to attract a mate, the male birds frantically stomp their feet and spread their tails while inflating bright orange neck sacs and calling out with a low, mournful, booming sound that can be heard for great distances. After breeding, the birds dis?perse during the summer and early fall, gathering again in large flocks for the winter. An intensive grassland management and research program works to ensure the future of this important symbol of the prairie.
HM NumberHM34
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number323
Year Placed1993
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 8:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 289236 N 4912707
Decimal Degrees44.33703333, -89.64381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 20.222', W 89° 38.629'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 20' 13.32" N, 89° 38' 37.74" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-707 County Hwy W, Bancroft WI 54921, US
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