Japanese students in Illinois to study aquatic ecology

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of Japanese high school students has come to the heart of the United States to learn about water. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the 11 students and two teachers from Ashikaga Boys High School in Ashikaga, Japan are studying aquatic ecology at the University of Illinois Springfield. The Science Academy Program is funded by the Japanese government. The students went to the Therkildssen Field Station at Emiquon near the Illinois community of Havana and collected samples of insects, butterflies before collecting samples of snails, leeches and other invertebrates from Thompson Lake. They also collected water samples from the lake, the Illinois River and the Illinois-Springfield campus pond and tested all the samples in a lab for phosphates, ammonia and nitrates.