Inside Region 3
Midwest Region
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Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.
Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.

April 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is family friendly

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of travelling west to visit my daughter, who is a captain in the U.S. Air Force stationed in California. While there, it was great to get outside and see the great diversity of landscapes and habitats. The Service’s footprint and the importance of the work we do from wetland conservation to a variety of restoration activities was plain to see.

I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Service is and always will be a family friendly organization. I encourage each of you to take advantage of opportunities to take leave time to visit family and friends and get outdoors. We’re always busy with work and we’ll still be busy upon return, but it is always important to take a break and recharge your batteries when you can.

Here in the Midwest we are closely monitoring the spring flooding across much of our region. Melting snow brought March out like a lion in the Midwest bringing many rivers and streams to dangerous levels, impacting some of our refuges and communities we live in. We’ve formed a regional flood team to gather information and provide support and response as needed. This team is represented by members of each program. With the potential for more rain and runoff, let’s all remain vigilant, safe and ready to assist.

This month I have the privilege to represent not only the Service, but the entire U.S. with an update on our monarch conservation efforts at the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Trilateral Committee facilitates and enhances cooperation and coordination among the wildlife agencies of the United States, Canada and Mexico in projects and programs for the conservation and management of wildlife, plants, biological diversity and ecosystems of mutual interest. Our three countries have a long-standing shared commitment for monarch butterfly conservation. We realize that success for this species depends on our collective efforts; none of us can do it alone.

And speaking of monarch conservation, please take a few minutes to read a fabulous story about Lori Nordstrom’s recent visit to see monarchs on their overwintering grounds in Mexico. Learn more

Last month we had the honor of hosting leadership from the Service’s new Office of Diversity and Inclusive Workforce Management in the Regional Office as they offered a presentation for supervisors and managers about their various functions and roles in supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce. I truly appreciate their vision and engaging presentation.

Many great stories await you in this month’s Inside Region 3, including one about our folks doing great work at the Midwest Fisheries Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Learn more

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Last updated: April 9, 2019