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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by Larry Dean/USFWS.

April 2018

Early spring snow and chill keeps
migrants staging and waiting

It’s April and, while we know Spring is supposed to be here, we have shifted back into snow and cold in the upper Midwest. This late winter-like cold snap is causing some confusion for our early migrants who I’m sure are staging and waiting for our Spring to truly arrive.

This week I am at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepardstown, West Virginia, for the meeting of the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management that includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada.  As always, I look forward to taking part in the wide range of sessions and am pleased that topics will include shared conservation issues and highlight pollinator work, as well as our flagship species the monarch butterfly. In these sessions we will discuss their status and the latest population report.

Congratulations go out to some of our special friends in Wisconsin, the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. For the second consecutive year they have been selected to receive the Molly Krival Refuge System’s Friends Group of the Year award.  I look forward to seeing them in person when I attend a special event at the refuge this spring.  Learn more

April 22 is Earth Day, just one of the important days each year we celebrate the great conservation work going on by our staff and with our partners. With so many great things we are doing the list is too long to share here, but this month’s Inside Region 3 highlights a number of great examples: our collaboration in Iowa for monarchs (Learn more) our Bats For The Future Fund working with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Learn more) and our entering the busy spring season for our Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (Learn more)

I also hope you enjoy the fun feature from the recent carp herding adventure in St. Louis, Missouri. Although it looks like loads of fun it’s a lot of hard work and a testament to the effort our staff in this region put in every single day. Learn more

Hat’s off to our Regional Safety Office who shared with all of us some great information in celebration of Safety Week. Let’s all make sure we do our part now and put this information, as well as our required training, to good use.  Complete required training, wear appropriate gear, follow established safety procedures on the job, and be vigilant to hazards along the way. And don’t forget this extends to your seasonal staffs including YCC. Your safety is paramount to our successfully doing good things for the resource and we all have a responsibility to prevent mishaps.

On a final note, I want to acknowledge the passing of Sparky, our celebrity bison at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Sparky gained fame after he was struck by lightning in 2013 and lived. He spent 12 of his 14 years of life in Iowa, and he will be missed.

Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!



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Last updated: April 11, 2018