Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus establishes fund with the Foundation to protect Wisconsin’s birds

Wisconsin Bird Fund to support bird conservation efforts in statePrairie chicken_Deborah Johnson

For immediate release
April 14, 2016

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has established a new endowment fund for bird conservation in the state, thanks to the Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, Ltd. When STCP dissolved last year, its board wanted to distribute part of the organization’s remaining assets in such a way that would continue in the spirit of the group’s mission. They have now used those funds to establish the Wisconsin Bird Fund—A Legacy Fund of the Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, Ltd. with the Foundation.

“The Foundation is honored to help carry forth the Society’s venerable conservation legacy through this important fund,” said Camille Zanoni, development director for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. “The Fund will make a measurable difference for Wisconsin’s birds, at a time when nearly half of our native birds are in decline due to habitat loss and other threats.”

The Wisconsin Bird Fund will support qualified organizations for programs and projects that protect and conserve birds that breed, migrate or winter in Wisconsin. Specifically, the endowment fund will support projects and programs that emphasize education, habitat restoration and research. In addition to starting an endowment fund with the Foundation, the board of directors of the Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatas contributed the majority of its endowment and all of its research to the George Mitsch Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

“We felt an obligation to our 60-plus year legacy to take a small part of our endowment and sustain a presence in Wisconsin and by establishing The Wisconsin Bird Fund with a $170,000 contribution, we accomplished that,” said Peter Ziegler, president of the Society’s board of directors. “We selected the Foundation because they were a natural vehicle to provide us the necessary administration and source of contacts and ideas for the programs and projects we want to support. The Foundation also showed a strong desire to make our partnership work.”

The Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, Ltd. was founded in 1961 and was based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before it dissolved in 2015, it was the oldest conservation organization dedicated to conserving and restoring native prairie grouse populations in Wisconsin. In recent years, the society had shifted to focus on prairie grouse populations across North America.

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Photo: Prairie chicken (Photo by Deborah Johnson)

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