A Concern and a Society

In 1973 out of concern for the plight of the prairie chicken grew the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, with its primary goal of increasing public awareness of prairie chickens and their grassland habitat. The Society accomplishes this goal by providing information to individuals and by hosting an annual meeting with field trips in the prairie chicken range. This spring meeting provides and opportunity to have some fun and to celebrate the coming of spring with the booming prairie chickens.


  • Increase public awareness of prairie chickens and prairies.

  • Support efforts to preserve habitat for the prairie chickens and other prairie life.

  • Encourage prairie chicken conservation by state, federal, and private organizations.

  • Encourage land management agencies to re-establish prairie chickens after habitat is restored.

  • Support legislation that will favor the goals of the Society.


  • Coordinate an annual census of the prairie chicken population.

  • Provided equipment to land managers for prescribed burning of grassland habitats.

  • Provided educational materials to land-owners and learning centers.

  • Produced audio-visual program which tells the story of prairie chickens in Minnesota.

  • To date, purchased 7 tracts of grassland habitat protecting 1,859 acres.

  • Prairie chicken reintroduction projects.

  • Support Prairie Day and other programs.

  • Build and support many observation blinds for close-up public viewing opportunities.


In addition, the Society works in close cooperation with the MN DNR, FWS, TNC, and other conservation groups. Joint efforts include sponsoring research projects like the winter ecology study, the annual spring census, assisting with land acquisition, and the publishing of a newsletter which keeps members up-to-date on developments concerning prairie chickens and prairies.

Habitat Protection Map
Habitat Protection Map

MPCS has helped to acquire nearly 2,000 acres of grassland habitat in core Prairie Chicken Range.

Thanks for all the habitat work!
Thanks for all the habitat work!

Tympie Nuchus Approves!

Prairie Seeding
Prairie Seeding

Snow-seeding a prairie mix at one of the tracts MPCS helped to protect.

Our Partners


Our Board



Brian Winter, Glyndon, MN


Vice-President, Secretary, Archivist

Ross Hier, Crookston, MN



Travis Issendorf, Detroit Lakes, MN


Directors At Large

Terry Wolfe, Crookston, MN
Dan Svedarsky, Crookston, MN


Board Members

Earl Johnson, Detroit Lakes, MN
Terry Lydell, Andover, MN
Stacy Salvevold, Detroit Lakes, MN
Jerry Forgit, Fertile, MN

Phil Doll, Perham, MN
Rob Baden, Detroit Lakes, MN
John Voz, Detroit Lakes, MN
Doug Wells, Fergus Falls, MN
William E. Faber, Brainerd, MN
Steve Bommersbach, Twin Valley, MN
Sara Vacek, Appleton, MN
Doug Hedtke, Fergus Falls, MN