Fossil Rim Wildlife Center unveiled and dedicated the Ted and Mary Eidson Prairie Grouse Incubation Center Thursday, April 9. The $220,000 building was funded through a donated from the Eidon’s estate.

Ted began volunteering at the center in the late 80s after he retired from Bell Helicopter. He had a special fondness for the Attwater’s Prairie Grouse, affectionately known as the prairie chicken.

The prairie grouse is an endangered bird with less than 50 left living in the wild. At those numbers, every bird counts.

Incubators must keep the eggs at a constant and specific temperature to give them the best chance of survival. Some chicks that successfully hatch from eggs are eventually released to the wild in hopes of boosting prairie chicken numbers.

At one time, Fossil Rim recorded more than 500 prairie grouse eggs produced in captivity.