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Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.
Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.

July 2019

Lots to celebrate this summer

While the longest day of the year has passed, we are still in the height of summer. I hope each of you took advantage of the Independence Day holiday to celebrate our nation, spend time with family and friends and get outdoors. Remember to keep this a safe and enjoyable summer both at work and at home. Nationwide, these hot summer days have been riskier than other times of the year for accidents and injuries. Take precautions out on the water and know the signs of heat-related illnesses. Stay safe out there!

Last week we were honored to host Aurelia Skipwith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks as she was in Wisconsin to present the Service’s national Military Partner Award to Fort McCoy.

Next week we will be hosting the 2019 Summer Intern Workshop, a unique event that celebrates our interns and provides them an opportunity to learn about federal careers and what it means to work for the Service. This goes beyond job duties and includes Service culture and the values we uphold as part of the Service family. Ours is a professional workplace, where we treat everyone with respect. Each day it’s important that we model this behavior for our interns and each other. Thank you for keeping respect, decency and teamwork at the center of our Service culture.

In recent weeks, I’ve had the privilege to represent the Service at the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Annual Directorate Meeting and at a Pollinator Week Hill briefing hosted by the Congressional Pollinator Caucus. Our region’s great pollinator work continues, whether making connections with individuals  or with a group of volunteers.

We’ve also recently seen the release of the 2017 Banking on Nature report which shows that in FY 2017, 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges and spent $3.2 billion of sales in local economies. This month we highlight how Crab Orchard and other National Wildlife Refuges impact local economies. Other stories show how purchases fund conservation programs - where programs like the Duck Stamp benefit habitat, and others like the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program benefit recreation access across our region, including a project recently funded on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio.

Finally, Congratulations to Brad Pendley from Mingo National Wildlife Refuge for winning the Midwest Region 2018 Biologist of the Year Award!

Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!


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Last updated: July 16, 2019