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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.

November 2014

Cooler Weather Arrives

Cooler weather -- a hallmark of fall in the Midwest -- is upon us and there is a possibility of snow in the northern reaches arriving soon. I guess it was bound to happen at some point! This month many folks will be visiting our refuge lands for deer hunting, a fall tradition (see article on the Lost Mound youth hunt) and I hope our visitors and many of you can get out and enjoy these lands – whether it be for deer hunting, wildlife photography or just taking in some fresh air.

In late October, our Director hosted an employee webcast on diversity and inclusion in the Service. I hope you were able to listen-in to this. In case you missed it, you can view it here. A diverse workforce is essential as the face of our country continues to change. Our ability to connect with people in an effective way and continue to meet our mission going forward is directly tied to the diverse perspectives and capabilities of our employees.

Thanks again to folks who have been involved over the past few months with our monarch conservation efforts. I’m aware from my travels around the region that folks have been active both in saving and sowing milkweed seeds and also with seed collection from other native pollinator plants -- and even having some fun at the same time (see article on Mallards and Monarchs). Your efforts are much appreciated and will help to connect us (and monarchs) across the habitats we work to conserve, protect and enhance.

This month, we also celebrate Veteran’s Day – a time for us all to reflect on and honor our country’s veterans (see article from one of our own Service veterans). As we celebrate Veteran’s Day this year, please take some time to thank a veteran for his or her service.

Please enjoy this issue of IR3. It reflects much of the good work going on around the region, which we can all be proud of! I hope you can get outside this fall and as always, be safe.

T.O.M.


 

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Last updated: November 4, 2014