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A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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WI Wildlife Refuge on Top 10 Endangered List

October 8, 2007

La Crosse, WI - Just in time for "National Wildlife Refuge Week," Wisconsin's Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge has made a "Top Ten" list of the country's most endangered wildlife refuges.

The new report from the group Defenders of Wildlife, says invasive species like purple loosestrife are a problem across the nation. Report author Noah Matson explains a number of animals are at risk in Trempealeau, which is located near La Crosse, due to these 'invaders.'

"In the Trempealeau Refuge, 90 percent of the forest understory is covered by invasive plants. It's having a tremendous impact on wildlife there. The invasive plants do not provide a habitat to wildlife for those wetlands, and so you're looking at a nearly dead marsh. That's what we're losing. Invasive species in marshes impact wood ducks, mallards and pintails, all of the beautiful duck species. In forested areas, all the colorful songbirds, like warblers, as well as mammals like deer, are impacted."

Matson says rooting out invasive plants is a time-consuming job, and there's not enough money in the federal wildlife budget to turn the tide. The report calls for a boost in funding targeted at invasive species removal.

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WI