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Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.
Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.

September 2019

School’s back in session and
the pollinators are benefiting

The kids are back to school, the unofficial end of summer (a.ka. Labor Day) has come and gone, and now begins the contrast of hot days and cool nights of autumn here in the Midwest. There are many great ways to get out and enjoy the changing seasons, whether you are in one of our states offering early waterfowl seasons, or watching backyards and refuge trails for migrating birds like songbirds, hummingbirds or even blue-winged teal taking to the skies.

And let’s not forget the coming migration of monarchs returning to their winter homes in Mexico. Remember, this time of year is also prime time to scope out the best locations to collect milkweed and other native plant seeds as we continue the work to help ensure a future filled with monarchs and other pollinators. The Wendell Phillips Elementary School in Indianapolis is certainly doing their part celebrating the season with a planting of pollinator friendly plants. Learn more Also students at the Summit Environmental School in LaCrosse, Wisconsin recently partnered with Genoa National Fish Hatchery to plant and maintain pollinator habitat at the hatchery.
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hose attending the Regional Office summer picnic were greeted by a colorful chalk art depiction of the Service shield drawn by Tina Shaw from External Affairs. Photo by USFWS.
Those attending the Regional Office summer picnic were greeted by a colorful chalk art depiction of the Service shield drawn by Tina Shaw from External Affairs. Photo by USFWS.

Here in the Regional Office we recently rounded out our summer with an annual gathering of our Service family for our summer picnic. I’d like to thank everyone who helped make the event a great success, from the social committee to volunteers working to make it a special day. And thanks to you in our field offices as well who host similar events that offer a chance to connect and pause to celebrate the accomplishments of a busy summer. Building on our personal ties through these “family” gatherings is one way that keeps our region a great place to work. I hope your offices have enjoyed similar events or will take some time to do so soon.

We are also celebrating the recently announced funding for an acquisition within the Wequiock Creek watershed that will benefit hunters, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and bountiful wildlife in northeast Wisconsin. A story of yet another successful conservation partnership. Learn more

And lastly, congratulations to Raena Parsons, an environmental education specialist at Genoa National Fish Hatchery, who is our 2019 winner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sense of Wonder Award. Learn more

Keep up the great work out there and enjoy this issue of Inside Region 3.

Charlie

 

 

 

 



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Last updated: September 11, 2019