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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side by side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: a Senate committee looks to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - IL: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Pollinators help contribute to the growth of popular summer fruits such as blueberries. <br />(Leo-seta/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinoisans enjoy blueberries, cherries and other fruits of summer, wildlife experts are asking that they give back to the pollinators who helped them grow. National Pollinator Week, which ends Sunday, is drawing attention to the importance of pollinators for ecosystems

Honeybees help pollinate billions of dollars worth of crops in the United States every year.(usda.gov)

URBANA, Ill. — A major endeavor is under way to educate soybean farmers about helping to save honeybees. The Honey Bee Health Coalition this month unveiled a management plan for growers. Adam Dolezal, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, conducted the research

Epidemiologist Matt Allender came up with a test for sick snakes that's much quicker and less invasive. (University of Illinois)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A fungal disease is threatening to wipe out a snake species that's already a candidate for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake has been disappearing across the country because of habitat loss and environmental stresses.

Advocates are urging people to let the country's leaders know how much they value clean water. (globalchange.gov)

CHICAGO – There's a lot of uncertainty since the results of the presidential election became known, but instead of worrying about what might happen, an advocacy group for the Great Lakes says now is the time to make sure your local, state and national leaders know that clean drinking water nee

After bobcat hunting was made legal in Illinois last year, animal welfare groups say the animals need increased protections. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Wildlife protection groups are backing a bill that would ban the trapping of bobcats and the sale of their pelts in Illinois. Last year, state lawmakers gave the OK to allow sport hunting of bobcats for the first time in nearly 40 years. Marc Ayers, state director for the Hum

The Illinois Prescribed Fire Council says landowners should be burning at least 213,000 more acres each year to protect wildlife habitats from invasive plants. (Ferran Salat Coll/The Nature Conservancy)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Conservation groups say Illinois could be using controlled fires more often and more effectively to help protect wildlife habitat and clean up areas that need it. Groups such as the Nature Conservancy cite a new report that shows the state should be burning at least 213,000 acr

Millions of dollars are heading to Illinois wildlife projects, including saving the endangered osprey. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Several Midwestern states, including Illinois, are getting millions of dollars to help protect fishing, hunting and wildlife areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is setting aside $21 million for conservation efforts in Illinois. Over the past two years, the Service's Wildli

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,

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