Wisconsin Public Television's Wild Wisconsin Explores Wildlife and Wild Areas

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July 21, 2010

Wisconsin is home to many wild and untamed places as well as animals both ordinary and extraordinary. Wild Wisconsin, airing 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), takes viewers on an exploration of the state's scenic wilderness and the creatures that inhabit it.

Around the turn of the century, Wisconsin's pine martens, pint-size members of the weasel family, were driven from the state by excessive trapping. Wisconsin researchers re-introduced them in the late 1970s but they failed to take a foothold. At the same time, pine martens in Minnesota and Michigan are thriving. In Wisconsin Reporter Jo Garrett gives an update on the twists and turns of a three-year research project to find out why.

In Wisconsin Reporter Liz Koerner visits Pleasant Prairie, Madison and Pardeeville to meet with people who have endeavored to return Wisconsin's peregrine falcon population to the healthy levels they attained before exposure to the insecticide DDT decimated their ranks.

It's difficult to film Wisconsin's elusive wolves. However, videotaping timber wolves in the wilds of Wisconsin became a four-year odyssey that took WPT Videographer Frank Boll on an amazing adventure..

The Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua is a rescue center of sorts for Wisconsin's injured and orphaned wildlife. In Wisconsin Reporter Art Hackett shows how the center has evolved into a tourist attraction and looks at what it takes for the center to care for Wisconsin wildlife.

The American Bald Eagle has made a spectacular comeback in Wisconsin. One of the best times and places to view this amazing bird is in winter just below the dam on the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac. A video essay captures the Sauk Prairie eagles soaring to new heights.

Herds of white deer have been spotted in wooded areas of northern Wisconsin. In Wisconsin reporter Jo Garrett visits Boulder Junction to search for the animals with a wildlife photographer and a nature writer who have made it their quest to find these rare animals.

Funding for In Wisconsin is provided, in part, by Alliant Energy and Animal Dental Center of Milwaukee and Oshkosh.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV/Madison; WPNE-TV/Green Bay; WHRM-TV/Wausau; WLEF-TV/Park Falls; WHLA-TV/La Crosse; and WHWC-TV/Menomonie-Eau Claire.