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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 2015

Giving Tribute and Thanks
As We Reach Our Milestones

November is upon us and with it the opportunity as citizens to pay tribute to our Veterans, many of whom, in addition to serving our country in the uniformed services, are also members of our proud U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service family.

I encourage each of you to pause and turn your thoughts, not only to those service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, but also to those standing at attention today that allow us to continue our conservation work in a free nation that is at peace. Learn more

Thanksgiving is also drawing near and I hope you have a wonderful gathering with family and friends to enjoy a feast from the field. Know that we are thankful for your year-long efforts and accomplishments that keep our Service mission moving forward and provide others the opportunity to harvest, view, learn and enjoy these great resources we are privileged to work with each day.

It’s also National Native American Heritage Month and in the President’s proclamation for this important recognition of our great partners he states, “American Indians and Alaska Natives enrich every aspect of our country. As the first to live on this land, Native Americans and their traditions and values inspired -- and continue to inspire -- the ideals of self-governance and determination that are the framework of our Nation. This month, we recognize the contributions made by Native Americans since long before our founding, and we resolve to continue the work of strengthening government-to-government ties with tribal nations and expanding possibility for all.” Learn more about the 28th Annual Native American Fish and Wildlife Society - Great Lakes Conference.

As an exclamation point on your good work, we recently notified the Department of Interior that the Service has surpassed our FY 2015 goal for acres of monarch habitat restored. I thank the many of you who helped us reach that goal but remind all that we can’t rest on our laurels in the year ahead. Keep it up and I know we will successfully meet and exceed the challenge in the years ahead. Your diligent collection of seeds from milkweed and other pollinator plants is so important to this effort. Learn more in this issue as we highlight additional monarch efforts.

This is also a busy time when we are away from work and enjoying our free time afield. Be it hunting, sightseeing on our lands to experience the full colors of Fall and the critters we adore, I again remind you to be safe and smart. We value each of you and look forward to seeing you back refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead.

Safety will always be an important part of our lives. And in our jobs, we do our best to prepare our staff for potential hazards they could face. An example of which is our watercraft safety training that logged another banner year. Learn more

Thanks for all you do. Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!





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Last updated: November 10, 2015