Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Happy National Wildlife Refuge Week from Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius!

October 12, 2011

Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley and Regional Director Tom Melius celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with Puddles the Blue Goose. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley and Regional Director Tom Melius celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with Puddles the Blue Goose. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

We have some amazing national wildlife refuges here in the Midwest Region and I wanted to take a moment to recognize the vital conservation role they play for wildlife and people alike. Refuge lands are special places where we learn, recreate and connect.

I hope that you are making the time to get out and enjoy these beautiful fall days as we celebrate our refuges this week. I would also like to thank all those Service employees who work in support of the Midwest Region's 54 refuges and 12 wetland management districts. You conserve some of our nation's most cherished natural treasures: wildlife and wild places.

From Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in northern Minnesota to Ohio's Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and everywhere in between, there are as many wild places as there are ways to explore!

Since Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has become the world's premier habitat conservation system, encompassing 150 million acres in 553 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. National wildlife refuges also offer many forms of recreation, from fishing, hunting and wildlife observation to photography, interpretation and environmental education.

National Wildlife Refuge Week Highlights Across the Midwest
Find Refuge Week events by checking event calendar listings. Among the events planned:
Saturday, October 15:

  1. Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, IL. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Canoe tours in Old Cache Channel. Reserve after September 15: (618) 634-2231.
  2. Detroit International Wildlife Refuge, MI. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bike and hike adventures on new greenway. (734) 692-7649
  3. Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Log Cabin Day, with crafts, music, wildlife displays and children's activities.

Sunday, October 16:
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, OH. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drive auto tour route through seven miles normally closed to the public.

Last updated: February 12, 2013