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Regional Director Tom Melius talks about eagles with a participant at the Chicago Park District Corridor Community Planting Day. Photo by Louise Clemency/USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

August 2015

The Sights And Sounds Of Success:

From Hosting A Younger Generation
To Witnessing The Next Super Generation

It was an honor to end last month with a celebration for one of our own as national, regional and local Service staff and partners gathered to honor Tom Kerr. Tom is the refuge manager at our St. Croix Wetland Management District in Wisconsin and was named as the Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. This honor is a great reflection on Tom, his entire staff and the great work they do. Congratulations on this national recognition! Read More

In yet another of the positive sounds and signs of summer, I’m happy to see the new faces as we welcome students from throughout the region, many of whom participated in the Refuges Intern Workshop at the end of July. It’s a thrill to see their interest, enthusiasm and passion for what we do as they spend a part of their summer break with us, perhaps one day to return to the Service with that same passion.

In case you haven’t already heard, the new Federal and Junior Duck Stamps are now on sale. I am pleased to say I've already purchased mine: one for hunting and another for my collection. I encourage each of you to purchase yours. The price increased slightly from $15 to $25, the first price jump in nearly a quarter century, and goes to conserving habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and many other species. A remarkable 98 cents on every dollar is returned toward that effort! Read More

Also this month we see many more monarchs fluttering by as they produce their super generation for eventual flight over the next few months to Mexico. I truly appreciate how so many of our people have stepped up to the plate with butterfly gardens and a variety of other activities that benefit pollinators as a whole this season. Read More

Thanks to each of you for your great work and remember you can continue to keep up with the monarch migration via Journey North’s web site.

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