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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.

March 2016

Monarch Winter Population Numbers Up:
Our Efforts Will Continue
To Play An Important Part

Last week I was proud to join Director Dan Ashe and Southwest Regional Director Ben Tuggle in Mexico at the Piedra Herrada Sanctuary to experience the wonder of monarch butterflies in their overwintering habitat and learn more about the annual overwintering monarch population survey. We also stood with our conservation partners from Mexico and Canada and shared the great news that the eastern monarch population increased by 255 percent over last year. Learn more

While at the sanctuary and literally surrounded by millions of majestic monarchs, I couldn’t help but feel proud of you and all that we have been doing for monarchs. They will begin their journey north soon and it will be just a matter of time before they are gracing our own backyards. Congrats to all again for winning last year’s Service Monarch Challenge Award for Education and Outreach. While this year’s population increase is good news, we still have much work to do… keep up the great work! Learn more

On a separate note, we are all thankful that the illegal occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon has finally ended, after more than 40 days. While the work to restore Malheur will continue, know that there is tremendous public support for the work that we do each and every day. Your safety and your security are always at the forefront of our efforts and will continue to be so with the passing of this unfortunate series of events out west.

I echo Secretary Jewell’s comment that, “I am absolutely committed to maintaining a safe work environment that allows employees to uphold the laws of the United States and carry out our mission of responsible public land and water stewardship for the benefit of all Americans.”

Our people are our most important resource. And we have some of the best right here. Have a safe March and enjoy this issue of Inside Region 3.

T.O.M.

Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle, Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius and Director Dan Ashe, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visiting the Piedra Herrada Sanctuary for monarch butterflies in Mexico. Photo by USFWS.

Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle, Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius and Director Dan Ashe, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visiting the Piedra Herrada Sanctuary for monarch butterflies in Mexico. Photo by USFWS.

 


 

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Last updated: March 4, 2016