A Season of Changes
Regional Director Tom Melius, USFWS photo
In the coming months you will be noticing some changes in Inside Region 3 as we test new formats and delivery systems. Last year we conducted a survey of the readership and are working to incorporate some of the recommendations. We will be moving toward an on-line format that will allow us to incorporate more images, video and audio to really help us show the critters and people that make up the Midwest Region. As with all new technologies there may be a few missteps along the way, but with your help we can continue to adapt and improve Inside Region 3. I ask that you send any suggestions to the External Affairs Office so they can continue to monitor the effectiveness of this internal publication.
Speaking of change, there is much of it going on around us this time of year. Here in the northern part of the Region the leaves have changed colors and most have fallen. Waterfowl and other migratory birds are gathering and moving as we all prepare for a change of seasons. Many plants, animals and people are preparing for changes in the coming weeks and months. Some of these changes are not new to us, but many of them are. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also changing as we adapt to new political, social and ecological environments.
By now, you’ve all heard how the Service will adapt to these changes. Hopefully concepts such as adaptive management, SHC and surrogate species have become part of your understanding as to how the Service will accomplish its mission in the future. If you are not familiar with these terms, I encourage you to become familiar with them. I have sent out several all employee messages on these topics and there is a great deal of information on the Service website at: http://www.fws.gov/landscape-conservation/
Change can be unsettling to some, but it is an inevitable part of life. The fish, wildlife and plants we protect have helped us to understand many things about our own lives; perhaps the most important is that change is inevitable, and ignoring change will be at our own peril.
Personally, I look forward to change and the challenges and opportunities it brings. There will be much more to come as we move toward the new year. I encourage you to join me as we face these changes together.