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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.

January 2015

A New Year

2015 is upon us… hopefully you all enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends. We had much to be thankful for in 2014. In case you haven’t seen it yet, please check out our 2014 Midwest Region Year In Review video, highlighting many of our successes from last year.

2014 ended with a couple big announcements: The first came as a surprise when a Federal Court Judge re-listed gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes under the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, the second was not quite as surprising when the Service announced that ESA protections for the monarch butterfly may be necessary. This begins a formal status review process that will be led by the Midwest Region.

As we look towards the New Year, there seems to be a lot of optimism in the folks I've been talking with – both among our staff and with many of our partners. We have a lot to be proud of and have built a solid foundation going into the first quarter of 2015.

That foundation is built upon all of your hard work and forward thinking. Our successes depend on each of you. This is a time of year when a lot of field stations are working hard to get ready for the field season. Everyone plays a role – from getting equipment ready, to ordering supplies, to completing training, to attending biological planning and coordination meetings.

I know that this is also often a time to identify New Year's resolutions – both personal and professional. As we enter 2015, with new work plans and objectives in mind, let’s keep an eye on the overall goals we've set for ourselves related to strategic habitat conservation and continue to move forward: trying new things, learning lessons and adjusting as needed.

I think you’ll enjoy this issue of IR3 – highlighting some of our successes and the people who make it happen. In addition to the other great stories, check out the features on Heidi Keuler <story here> (LaCrosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office) and Lisa Williams <story here> (East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office) who were recently recognized for their great work.

Thanks for all that you do and best wishes for a great 2015!






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Last updated: January 5, 2015