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May 2013

Tom Melius

The Beginning of Another Memorable Spring

One look outside our windows and it’s plain to see that the busy spring season is upon us…or will be after this snowstorm…or maybe the next one. Yes, despite the lingering winter mixes of precipitation, it is spring and our work has in fact shifted to this busy and active time in the field season.

Our refuge staffs are busy conducting prescribed burns and handling the assorted and plentiful other outdoor preparations for the expected increase in visitors coming out of winter hibernation. I too have been eager to move on from the seemingly endless snow and get out to see and do things on the Service lands.

In the weeks ahead, I will do just that and I’m looking forward to traveling to Agassiz NWR, Tamarac NWR and Fergus Falls WMD, and possibly even seeing an American Woodcock or two, as seen in the northern reaches of our region, like the one featured in this video.

I also look forward to the opportunity to hear more about the University of South Dakota partnership with Genoa National Fish Hatchery (click here to see the story) to work with the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly when I travel to Genoa and whet a line with the kids at their youth fishing event. It’s always great to see the smiles on kids’ faces as they hook a fish and learn more about the lands and resources we work so hard to care for.

As many of you recall, we recently took the opportunity to celebrate the greatest resource in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our people. I was pleased that so many of you were able to join us, either in person or by videoconference, as we highlighted employee excellence and took time to honor the great work each of you is doing throughout our region.

It humbles me to see what peers think of each other here in the Midwest region. I’m truly grateful for all the things you do to meet and exceed our mission. Especially so in these lean years where we are challenged in finding ways to get the job done with our usual flair of both innovation and success.

For any of you who missed the awards ceremony during Employee Appreciation Day or who would like to relive some of the fun of that day, you can view some photos of our winners and the video of the ceremony here.

Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!





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Last updated: May 9, 2013