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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

December 2017

Happy holidays and thanks for the
great accomplishments this year!

The end of the year is upon us -- a great time for us all to pause, reflect and appreciate the great and important work in conservation that each of you performed this year. In my travels, I must say, I am so very impressed how that work is so easily seen at each of our field offices and the impact you have made. For now, I congratulate you on a great year and can’t wait to see what other great things we will accomplish in the new year.

This time of year brings the usual uptick in hunting activity as sportsmen take to the great outdoors to enjoy this traditional pastime.  That also includes greater access to hunting on Service lands. We’ve worked to increase hunter access to Service managed lands this year and you can expect to see that expansion continue as we work with our state partners to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more

Bird populations are also of great interest and I am pleased that we’ve reported such great numbers of migratory birds at various locations in our region. Some of which include Two Rivers and Great Rivers National Wildlife Refuges, in Missouri, and Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. These abundant sightings in our region just reinforce the critically important conservation value of our efforts. Learn more

Another of our friends of the sky we’ve worked diligently this year for are the monarchs that are now in their wintering grounds where surveys will begin soon to assess their population ahead of their return north.  New and exciting methods of surveys are being employed this year, some of which I was able to witness this fall when in California. Learn more about these methods.

I recently returned from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission meeting where I’m honored to serve as the U.S. Federal Commissioner.  An important area of the Commission’s efforts involves our work in the Great Lakes to control sea lamprey. I salute our staff featured this month at our Marquette Biological Station for that work as they, along with our Ludington Biological Station, continue to work with our partners to successfully control and limit populations of sea lamprey, keeping them in check to benefit this great fishery for all to enjoy. Learn more

Happy holidays to you all. Enjoy your time spent with family and friends, and time spent outdoors throughout this magnificent time of year…and stay safe!

T.O.M.

 


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Last updated: December 6, 2017