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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - AR: Endangered Species & Wildlife

The average worker bee produces only about one-twelfth teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas beekeepers may be hearing less buzz from their hives this spring. A new survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found that beekeepers reported a 40 percent bee colony loss in the last year. A typical colony loss is less than half that, year over year, and advocate

Dozens of migratory waterfowl and other species, many of them endangered, can be found at the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Central Arkansas. (USFWS)

CLARKEDALE, Ark. – Commercial farms leased in many national wildlife refuges, including several in Arkansas, have been sprayed with nearly a half million pounds of toxic pesticides. According to a report by the Center for Biological Diversity, the refuges are fragile environments that are ho

The Bobwhite Quail is one of 377 species in Arkansas which, due to habitat loss, are at risk of becoming extinct. (USFWS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report warns that as many as one-third of wildlife species in America are in crisis but with funding, their recovery is possible. The report, released jointly by the National Wildlife Federation, the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society, finds that mo

A couple of groups have come forward in opposition to six large broiler chicken houses proposed for the Strawberry River Watershed. (univar.edu)

EVENING SHADE, Ark. – A lawsuit could be filed before summer wraps up over plans to build a new poultry plant in Northeast Arkansas. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Arkansas Rights Koalition (ARK) have sent a letter to the Farm Service Agency, the Small Business Administration and the

The Ozarks are providing researchers a good mix of conifer and deciduous trees to study the effects of warming temperatures on forests. Here, they're checking a white oak. (Columbia University Earth Institute)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A crew of scientists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has been making its way through the Ozark Mountains, dodging snakes and poison ivy to study tree rings, to see how they're reacting to climate change. In much of North America, research has shown

PHOTO: Halloween wraps up National Bat Week. The northern long-eared bat, found in Arkansas, has been proposed for an Endangered Species Act listing. Credit: StevenThomas/National Park Service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Bats are one of the stars for Halloween celebrations tonight, and part of this week's "National Bat Week" observance is bat myth-busting. Dianne Odegard, outreach coordinator at Bat Conservation International, says once you get to know bats, you realize they are "rock stars." And

PHOTO: The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comments on whether they should stop new large hog feeding operations in the Buffalo River watershed. CREDIT: thecitywire.com.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a permanent prohibition on new, confined hog-feeding operations around the Buffalo River. Bob Allen, a retired Arkansas Tech professor of chemistry and board member of the Arkansas Canoe Club, said the

PHOTO: Conservationists want people to connect to the Buffalo River, because they say that will help protect it. Picture courtesy of thecitywire.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Faced with possible contamination from a huge confined hog feeding operation, fans of the Buffalo River are bringing attention to the waterway in order to protect it. On Tuesday, the National Parks Conservation Association and others will take members of the media for a fl

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