Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.
I hope you have a wonderful time this holiday season with your friends and loved ones and I wish you all the best in 2015. This time of year, we usually reflect on our accomplishments. Day in and day out, all year long, we've worked together as a team with our partners to meet our mission for the benefit of fish and wildlife resources across the Midwest. We have so much to be proud of and grateful for in 2014!
Please enjoy this issue of IR3 which highlights some of our key accomplishments, including our efforts to identify surrogate species and to step-down actions on the ground as we continue to implement strategic habitat conservation. You can read more here about progress made recently in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC geography.
Several articles in this issue also address engaging new audiences including an article highlighting recent research results on strategies for connecting with new audiences and barriers to doing so. Another article addresses the importance of urban wildlife refuges and features insights from Secretary Jewell on connecting with youth. Connecting with new audiences and helping them understand how what we do is relevant to them is critical.
With the early ice this year on inland lakes in the northern tier of our region, for many of us our waterfowl hunting season was cut short. With no place to land our beloved birds flew right over us to points south! Nonetheless, I’m sure those who did get out had a great time. You can read more here about some FWS employees and why they enjoy hunting.
Speaking of birds, you may enjoy reading this article on Magee Marsh – near our very own Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Ohio – which just received top bird watching honors. I have enjoyed viewing birds at this special spot as I know many other birders have as well.
Again, best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!T.O.M.
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