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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Animal Welfare

Illinois bird-lovers can take part in four free Eagle Day events in the state this weekend. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The population of eagles in Illinois has hit record numbers in recent years, and conservationists are celebrating the bird's success this weekend. The Nature Conservancy will host Eagle Day on Saturday at the Emiquon Preserve and other sites in central Illinois. Jason Beverlin, ...Read More

Shorter winters are making Pennsylvania uninhabitable for the snowshoe hare, according to a new report. (National Wildlife Federation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's state tree, state fish and state bird could disappear from the commonwealth altogether by the end of this century, according to a new study that says it's happening right now. A mini-report by the National Wildlife Federation says every decade the state gets a litt ...Read More

Federal Fish and Wildlife Service officials say two endangered Mexican wolves died during annual capture-and-count operations this year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

PHOENIX - Two endangered Mexican wolves were accidentally killed in January during federal wildlife officials' annual capture-and-count operations in Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called a temporary halt to the counting program while officials determine what went wro ...Read More

Wildlife-conservation groups say proposed new rules for marine mammal parks could make the animals' lives worse, not better. (aconant/morguefile)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Wildlife groups are protesting new federal rules designed to improve conditions for captive marine mammals in places such as Sea World in San Antonio, saying the rule could weaken some existing protections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a proposal to further r ...Read More

A new report takes a detailed look at important small mammal species, such as the groundhog, and the risks they face if climate action is not taken. (Groundhog/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Groundhog Day predictions have never been 100 percent accurate, but for a growing number of small mammals, a changing climate is already having an impact. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation turns the spotlight away from Punxsutawney Phil to flying squirrels, pikas, the Amer ...Read More

Conservation groups are criticizing aspects of a new proposed federal rule to protect captive marine mammals like dolphins. (Jade/morguefile)

SAN DIEGO - Wildlife conservation groups are speaking out against a new federal rule that is supposed to improve conditions for captive marine mammals, including dolphins and orcas, saying the rule actually weakens some existing protections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just releaseda propos ...Read More

Action by the National Marie Fisheries Service will expand protected waters in the North Atlantic for the right whale, which is more endangered than Siberian tigers or pandas. (NMFS/NOAA)

BOSTON - Wildlife protection advocates are calling it a lifeline that will protect the most endangered whales on earth, off the coast of New England and beyond. The National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the boundaries in the North Atlantic for the critically endangered right whale by appro ...Read More

Maryland has seen dramatic drops in bee numbers. (PANNA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland has been losing its bee population. In 2012, 60 percent of the state's bees died off. Many Beekeepers and scientists believe that can be attributed to neonicotinoids, which are pesticides common in both agriculture and home gardening. They've been around for about 20 years ...Read More

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