Inside Region 3
Midwest Region
Select this button stylePrint Friendly

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.

June 2016

From multi-national alliances to local partnerships, our work depends on relationships

In today’s world, we work best when we work together. Fulfilling our agency’s mission depends on the relationships we forge: local, state, tribal, federal and even international. I can point to an abundance of ways we rely on relationships to meet our goals in the Midwest Region.

Several weeks ago I had the honor of serving on the U.S. delegation for the meetings of the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management in Canada. The meetings focused primarily on migratory birds, but it also provided the opportunity to update our international partners on our monarch conservation work. As a result of these meetings we have drawn even closer to finalizing a very important three-country monarch conservation strategy that will also include our state and tribal partners.

Within our region, our focus on conserving monarchs and other pollinators showcases our relationships forged at the local level. I’m looking forward to attending the Quad City Pollinator Conference in Davenport, Iowa, coinciding with National Pollinator Week, June 20-26. This conference brings together a wide range of participants including researchers, educators, farmers, governmental agencies, conservation workers, backyard gardeners and companies. They will learn from and interact with experts on pollinator issues, from urban landscape conservation design to prairie conservation to pollinator identification. This is the second year of this exciting conference, and it underscores our region’s commitment to pollinator conservation.

Our work with monarchs has been an exciting opportunity to forge new ties and strengthen existing relationships. One way that everyone can participate is by tracking the northward flight of our monarchs, which have now reached the upper Midwest. You can watch via the Journey North website.

We renew our state relationships each year at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Later this month, I’ll be attending the meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, which is a great opportunity for sharing conservation activities and learning from others.

Relationships have also been key in the recent completion of the Oak Savanna Learning Center, a longstanding vision for our Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and partners in Minnesota. With a seven-year effort to bring this great facility to fruition now fulfilled, I’d like to congratulate and thank everyone involved in this effort. The center is a focal point for learning about conservation and stewardship, potentially forming the next generation of leaders in our field. Learn more

This month we reached yet another refuge milestone as we celebrate the addition of Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Illinois. Decades of work with our partners has resulted in this great new acquisition. I look forward to the placement of the plank at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge to represent our new refuge in the near future. Learn more

Relationships within our Service family are just as critical as those with external partners. I’d like to again thank those of you who took the time to fill out the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which just wrapped up. I’m looking forward to the results so we can review and determine what we can do to continue to improve our agency and our region.

June is also National Safety Month, and I’d like to remind everyone that complacency can lead to unnecessary accidents. Please remember to follow known safety guidance, best practices on the job, and keep vigilant when enjoying your summer activities with friends and family.

Enjoy this month’s Inside Region 3!

T.O.M.

Assistant Director of Migratory Birds Jerome Ford, Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, Service Director Dan Ashe, Southwest Regional Director Dr. Ben Tuggle, Assistant Director of International Affairs Bryan Arroyo, and Deputy Regional Director in Alaska Karen Clark at the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management meeting in Ottawa, Canada. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jennie Duberstein/Sonoran Joint Venture / Alianza Regional Sonorense.

Assistant Director of Migratory Birds Jerome Ford, Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, Service Director Dan Ashe, Southwest Regional Director Dr. Ben Tuggle, Assistant Director of International Affairs Bryan Arroyo, and Deputy Regional Director in Alaska Karen Clark at the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management meeting in Ottawa, Canada. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jennie Duberstein/Sonoran Joint Venture / Alianza Regional Sonorense.

A birds-eye view of those attending the 2016 Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management meeting, May 16-19 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jennie Duberstein/Sonoran Joint Venture / Alianza Regional Sonorense.

A birds-eye view of those attending the 2016 Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management meeting, May 16-19 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jennie Duberstein/Sonoran Joint Venture / Alianza Regional Sonorense.

 


 

Navigating Inside Region 3

To explore this issue you can click through the story titles on the left. You can also use the "Start Reading" link below, and click "Next" or "Previous" story at the bottom of each article.

 

Start Reading ›

Last updated: June 10, 2016