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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

August 2017

Late summer sets the stage for a new season

With August’s arrival, some parts of our region are already showing the signs of Fall: such as early color changes and migrants grouping together for the long flight ahead. This is also when we are beginning to see more and more of the super generation of monarchs, soon out of their chrysalis and from here it’s Mexico or bust as they fly to their winter home.

I’m also seeing lots of milkweed and am hopeful all of this signals that we will find an increase in adults overwintering, and further point to success in the many efforts we have ongoing to benefit pollinators. One fine example is the Eagle Scout project in Chicago to restore monarch habitat. Learn more

I’m looking forward to another monarch adventure this month with a trip planned to join our staff at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, for their annual monarch fest. A great event where kids get hands-on lessons in conservation as they tag monarchs. Some monarchs from previous events have turned up in Mexico on their wintering grounds.

I was pleased to hear, and you can read more, about the success of the endangered piping plovers that are now nesting across all five Great Lakes. Learn more. This is great news and a great success for our conservation work with others to recover these amazing birds. And although we have had one sad story of either the passing or no longer passing thru of Old Man Plover in Michigan, I have high hopes that his offspring will now start a new generation of plovers in his place. Learn more.

Our partnerships also continue to thrive and reach outward to the next generation of conservationists. Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge recently hosted 200 youth from Sigma Beta Fraternity and their mentors in an effort to connect young members with conservation professionals. Learn more.

Last week I had the honor of getting into the water with our staff on the Chippewa River, near Meridean, Wisconsin, to help in the placing of 3,000 endangered Higgins eye pearlymussels. The mussels were raised by our staff at Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin. They are an important part of a multi-state and multi-agency effort to restore native mussels to our Midwest waterways. A great day in the field and a great event! Lean more.

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to our staff at the Upper Mississippi River La Crosse District who are this month’s featured staff. The staff at the district continue their successful work both ashore and on water, sometimes facing contentious and challenging issues as we intertwine conservation and public recreation during the popular summer months. They’re doing a great job!

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Last updated: August 7, 2017