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Tom Melius (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Regional Director Tom Melius. USFWS photo.

July 2014

RD Column: Surrogate Species

It’s been an unusually wet spring and early summer across the region, but I was able to get my feet wet, so to speak, with a lot of streams in Michigan during a tour of our sea lamprey control program. I enjoyed seeing the fine work that our staff are doing to help control invasive species in the Great Lakes and its tributaries.  I invite you to read the article on my visit. Read more

It’s also a busy time with our director recently attending the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) meeting in Traverse City, Mich. At the meeting he highlighted a number of agency priorities that included surrogate species, Northern long-eared bat, and our role in the continuing fight against Asian carp.

Here in the region we continue to move forward with surrogate species. A great shout out of “thanks” for all the hard work of our staff and partners who created our initial list of surrogate species for the Eastern Tallgrass Big Rivers geography.  Read more about what the region’s immediate next steps are as we move into implementation.  Also included is the list of our initial 21 surrogate species. This summer we will be starting the surrogate species selection process for the Upper Midwest Great Lakes geography. I have high hopes that our progress in the ETBR and UMGL geographies will kickstart new conversations about how programs can help transform the surrogate species approach from theory into practice. 

A lot field work is going on out at our hatcheries, field stations, and refuges. Again, thank you for all that you do.  No matter where you are, a friendly reminder to be safe.  Everyone have a great summer!




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Last updated: July 9, 2014