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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.

September 2014

Fall is Here!

As you are reading this, I’ll be with family and friends hunting in South Dakota – hopefully enjoying several early mornings in front of a goose decoy spread calling in some resident non-migratory geese. Mornings like this remind me how beautiful fall in the Midwest is. Listening to the sounds of early migrants like sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl is soothing to the soul.

Migration is an important part of the changing seasons and we are happy to feature several articles this month focusing on the importance of our Midwest habitats for migratory birds.

Monarchs are also migrating, another sign of the season. This is the time of year when monarchs head south to their overwintering grounds in Mexico. Our Director, Dan Ashe was recently appointed by Secretary Sally Jewell to chair a working group of federal agencies tasked with developing and implementing actions to conserve monarchs. Learn more about what we’re doing now and what you can do to help conserve monarchs in the Midwest.

This month, I’m looking forward to attending an annual meeting of biologists working to combat white-nose syndrome in bats. WNS has had a devastating impact on bats— causing tremendous declines in several species. Read the latest on WNS. With the end of summer upon us, we are also featuring several articles in this issue on summer fellowships, internships and youth engagement activities around the region.

Fall is a great time for the public to enjoy the lands we manage -- whether for bird watching, walking or hunting opportunities -- please encourage folks to get outdoors and enjoy our natural resources and as always, be safe!

T.O.M.


 

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Last updated: September 4, 2014