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

June 2017

The rewards of our early field season arrive

As we roll into the beautiful weather of June, I’ve spent quite a bit of time traveling. One thing I’ve noticed along the way is that our annual prescribed burning is now paying dividends with many green shoots of native plants coming into view. I appreciate all of your work and the benefit it provides to our lands and for the people, plants and animals who enjoy and thrive upon them.

One of my recent trips took me to the Lone Star State to join former First Lady Laura Bush and others who are focusing on saving monarchs with restoration efforts in Texas and Oklahoma. Mrs. Bush spoke at the South-Central Monarch Symposium in Austin about the need for action to reverse the declining numbers of one of our “most iconic and beloved insects.” It’s heartening to know that our work here in the Midwest, for all pollinators, is matched by that of others at the opposite end of Interstate 35 – a corridor that much of the eastern population of monarchs fly along as they migrate between their winter and summer homes, and back again. With National Pollinator Week just around the corner (June 19-25), here are a couple of local examples of our outstanding pollinator work. Learn more here and here

I also recently visited Detroit where I had the honor of representing the Service and joining partners from the city including, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Audubon, the Detroit Zoo, our own Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and Migratory Birds Headquarters staff in signing their new Urban Bird Treaty. Detroit is now the 29th city to make this commitment to conserving birds and their habitat. I applaud this partnership and its efforts in the Detroit area. Learn more

We recently announced our recovery champions – Service staff and partners who have made significant contributions to the recovery of threatened and endangered species. I offer a warm thank you and congratulations to this year’s award winners and I look forward to continuing to see the results of your fine work. Learn more

For those who enjoy both personal and professional time on the water, this week is National Fishing and Boating Week. Whether your pleasure is boating, fishing or both, don’t forget the hard work of our staff and partners who make those memorable times on the water possible. This week I’ll be attending the Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s annual meeting in Duluth. I look forward to seeing our partners and hearing the latest on our accomplishments in the Great Lakes.

Lastly, here’s a big shout out to our featured field staff from Indiana at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area. Thanks again for all that you do. Learn more

Keep safe this summer and enjoy this month’s Inside Region 3!

T.O.M.

Former First Lady Laura Bush and Patrick Newman, Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (in front) with (from left) John Faraci, Chairman of the Board, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Region Regional Directorand Tom Melius. Courtesy photo by Grant Miller.

Former First Lady Laura Bush and Patrick Newman, Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (in front) with (from left) John Faraci, Chairman of the Board, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Region Regional Directorand Tom Melius. Photo courtesy of Grant Miller.

 


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Last updated: June 7, 2017