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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 2016

An August for the birds and for
our future conservation leaders

Still plenty warm here in the northern reaches of our region, but my thoughts wander to the nearing migration season. The newest batches of goslings are growing bigger each day, nearer and nearer to taking to the skies for migration. And birds aren’t the only ones taking to the skies. As we draw closer to September, monarchs will begin making their way south to Mexico, a great reminder that seed collecting season for milkweed and nectar producing forbs is just around the corner.

August 16 is a very important date for migratory bird conservation. This is the day that the Migratory Bird Treaty turns 100! Later this week, I will attend our regional celebration of that important milestone in Chicago. In this issue you can learn from several retired Migratory Birds Program staff some of the history they not only experienced, but worked to shape in their tenures with the Service. Learn more

As the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial approaches, I’d like to send a shout out to our fabulous Migratory Birds Program staff for the critical work they do with others to support migratory bird conservation. I’d particularly like to thank Katie Koch for a job well done as our Regional Centennial Coordinator. Learn more and meet the Meet the Migratory Birds Program staff.

Several weeks ago, we had a great week in the Regional Office as we hosted some special guests - 66 young interns who are working at a number of our offices and facilities this summer. Not only was it an opportunity for them to see what we do, but we learned a lot and were inspired by the enthusiasm of this next generation of conservationists and leaders.

Over this last month a number of our regional fire folks have been deployed to assist with firefighting out west. Currently 29 staff are on assignments. I’m proud of those who have volunteered for this effort.

Let’s keep safety in mind as we enjoy the rest of summer and work to accomplish our mission. Keep your heads-up and an eye out for each other.

And as always, keep up the great work!



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Last updated: August 10, 2016