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'Wild Wisconsin' Podcast Back With New Episodes

DNR Wants To Hear Your Wisconsin State Park Love Stories

Raptors, relationships and reptiles are the upcoming topics for the Off the Record Podcast.  - Photo credit: DNR
Raptors, relationships and reptiles are the upcoming topics for the Off the Record Podcast. Photo credit: DNR

Contact(s): Katie Grant, 608-266-5231,

January 13, 2020 at 11:31:09 am

MADISON, Wis. - New year, new podcasts. "Wild Wisconsin - Off the Record" podcast is back with new inside voices on Wisconsin's outdoors. Available now wherever you get your podcasts is the latest episode, "Call It A Comeback: Bald Eagles Soaring in Wisconsin," which explores the miraculous comeback of bald eagles in Wisconsin and across the country.

Bald eagles were once on the verge of extinction. Today, nests for these distinct birds now exist in 71 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, typically near a water body such as the Mississippi River. In the last year alone, the number of bald eagles in the southeastern part of the state increased by 27 percent.

The DNR's Digital Media Coordinator and host of Wild Wisconsin, Katie Grant, sat down with Rich Staffen, a DNR zoologist and conservation biologist working with our Natural Heritage Inventory, to learn a bit more about these raptors. We also hear from Carly Lapin, a DNR National Heritage Conservation ecologist, to learn how Wisconsinites can help with continued conservation work for eagles.

Let's Hear Some Love Stories

The DNR wants to hear from you. The Wild Wisconsin podcast will feature love stories involving Wisconsin state parks for an upcoming Valentine's Day episode. Whether you met your significant other at a park, went on your first date, got married there or celebrate your anniversary at one, we want to hear about it. Email your story to by Jan. 22 for a chance to have your story featured on our Feb. 5 episode.

Additional Conservation Efforts

Another recent episode, "Saving Wisconsin's Special Species," looks at other critical conservation work in the state. The DNR's conservation biologists, Rori Paloski and Jesse Weinzinger, hop on the podcast to discuss their efforts to bring back the natural habitat for freshwater mussels and eastern massasauga rattlesnakes.

You can find more episodes of the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. All podcast episodes are also available here.

Last Revised: Monday, January 13, 2020

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