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February 28, 2012

MADISON -- The successful restoration of bald eagles, trumpeter swans and other rare species under the state's 40-year-old endangered species law will be featured in a year-long series on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Larry Meiller Show.

The show, part of the Ideas Network on Wisconsin Public Radio, is teaming up with the Department of Natural Resources to highlight these comebacks and current challenges as part of celebrations the 1972 state law protecting rare plants and wildlife.

The series begins Feb. 29 with an update on cave bats, the latest additions to the state's endangered and threatened list, from David Redell, DNR bat ecologist.

Check the latest page of DNR's Celebrating 40 years of protecting Wisconsin's natural heritage web feature for the time, date and guests featured in the current month.

"We're very pleased to have Wisconsin Public Radio explore the state's endangered species law and the great Wisconsin success stories it helped make possible," says Laurie Osterndorf, who directs DNR's Endangered Resources Bureau and who also will appear on the first segment airing Feb. 29.

"We're also excited to highlight the people behind these comebacks and to talk about the challenges ahead for safeguarding our rare wildlife and special places."

The Larry Meiller Show can be heard on public radio stations carrying the Ideas Network. [exit DNR] The segments on endangered resources topics will run from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on his show.

People also can listen live online [exit DNR] and can catch any shows they miss by visiting the archive. [exit DNR]

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Manwell, DNR (608) 264-8942; Judith Siers-Poisson, producer, The Larry Meiller Show (608) 263-6384
Last Revised: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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