WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on Effects of Climate Change on State's Resources

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January 3, 2011

For More Information:
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 from Vilas County, Ashland, Madison and Prairie du Sac. The reports look at the effects of climate change on the state’s landscape, the status of pine martens in Wisconsin, a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) field research project that studies the effects of predators on Wisconsin deer herds and the return of the American Bald Eagle.
 

The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 on WPT and is available in high definition. WPT will encore the program at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. The program also will air at 11:30 a.m. on Milwaukee’s MPTV and on WDSE-TV in Duluth at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.

University of Wisconsin-Madison researches are trying to determine what effects climate change could have on the state’s resources and what might lessen any impacts. In Wisconsin Reporter Art Hackett visits Vilas County to explore clues on the landscape from Wisconsin’s recent past. The report is part of a new WPT initiative called Quest, a project that will delve into issues about Wisconsin's environment. For more information, visit questwisconsin.org on the Web for a multi-media approach to WPT’s environmental reporting.

Around the turn of the century, Wisconsin’s pine martens were driven from the state by excessive trapping. Researchers re-introduced pine martens 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.

Some hunters are concerned Wisconsin’s deer herd is being decimated by predators. In Wisconsin Reporter Frederica Freyberg looks at how the DNR is responding to the issue with a massive field research project never before attempted in Wisconsin.

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 in winter.

This program’s video postcard features the scenic beauty of a sunset over the Brule River in Douglas County.
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 Dental 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 #910
In Wisconsin
reports on the effects of climate change on the state’s landscape, the status of pine martens in Wisconsin, a DNR project that studies the effects of predators on Wisconsin’s deer herds and the return of the American Bald Eagle.