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Regional Director Tom Melius talks about eagles with a participant at the Chicago Park District Corridor Community Planting Day. Photo by Louise Clemency/USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

April 2015

April is Safety Month

Each year in April, we take time to refresh ourselves about the importance of safety in both our professional and personal lives. Regardless of your job or how familiar the work routine, we all need to be familiar with best practices for keeping safe. We are all responsible for each other’s safety. If you see something unsafe, say something. If you had a near miss or witnessed one, say something. We pride ourselves in learning lessons from these situations to be able to do an even better job of keeping safe going forward.

Last week we hosted a variety of safety trainings in the regional office and I hope that, over the next month, you will find some time to do the same in your office. As new and seasonal employees come on board, we all need to practice sound and safe work habits, watching out for one another along the way.

I welcome our new and seasonal employees who are coming on board or, in some cases, back on board to work with us. As you come to learn your assigned duties, I ask you to keep your eyes on safety as well, and that your managers discuss some of the known hazards we have in our work environments. We value your time with us. Let’s keep it safe!

You never know when a safety situation might come up. Knowing the procedures to follow when they do is important. You can learn more about safety resources in the region and the safety training that Charlie Wooley and I just did at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/InsideR3/April15Story2.htm.

Spring is upon us again and we’re seeing new arrivals from their wintering grounds. It’s great to see the annual return of birds and is always refreshing after a long cold winter. Learn more about Spring bird migration at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/InsideR3/April15Story13.htm. Not only have birds taken flight along their migration routes, but now is also the season when monarchs start moving north, as shown by recent reports of monarchs in Texas and Oklahoma. I invite you to join with me in visiting a great web site called Journey North at https://www.learner.org/jnorth/ that offers a wealth of information. Via this site you can follow monarchs migrating north and other species as well. It is well worth a visit. With monarchs heading our way, I hope that folks who collected milkweed seeds last fall have planted them or are planting them now!

Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3.

T.O.M.

 


 

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Last updated: April 3, 2015