WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on Citizen Scientists at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center

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March 16, 2011

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Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org
Joel Waldinger, series producer, 608-890-2840, joel.waldinger@wpt.org
 
  The next episode of In Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) features reports on Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center where data is being gathered on migrating birds, Wisconsin’s first great scientist Increase Lapham and a phenomenal young cellist from New Berlin.
 

The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 on WPT and is available in high definition. The program also will air at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27 on Milwaukee’s MPTV and on WDSE-TV in Duluth at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 27.
 

In Wisconsin Reporter Jo Garrett visits Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center, a downtown oasis for Wisconsin birds migrating north. Discover how this urban jewel has been reclaimed from drug dealers and criminals by birdwatchers and citizen scientists who are gathering data for a variety of studies on bird migration.

A QUEST report by In Wisconsin Reporter Andy Soth looks at Wisconsin’s first great scientist. Increase Lapham was a self-taught renaissance man who dabbled in botany, archaeology, forestry and climatology. Discover how his influence is still being felt in the state two hundred years after his birth. For more information, visit QuestWisconsin.org on the Web.

For the past four years, WPT has featured gifted teen musicians in the statewide Bolz Young Artist Competition. For several months, they have been auditioning but only four remained standing on the stage of Overture Hall. One of those competitors is cellist Elliott Yang of New Berlin who is part of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony.

Discover a very urban section of Wisconsin’s Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Janesville through the lens of videographer Mike Eicher.
This program’s video postcard features the arrival of spring at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.

To learn more about what is coming up on the series, visit the In Wisconsin website at wpt.org/inwisconsin where the “Producer’s Journal” blog offers behind-the-scenes insights and information about reports currently in production.

Funding for In Wisconsin is provided, in part, by Alliant Energy, and Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists LLC of Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Minneapolis.

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

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DESCRIPTION: IN WISCONSIN #918
In Wisconsin features reports on Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center where data is being gathered on migrating birds, Wisconsin’s first great scientist Increase Lapham and a phenomenal young cellist from New Berlin.