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Tom Melius (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Regional Director Tom Melius/USFWS

May 2014

RD Corner: Happy Spring!

It was an honor at the end of April to host and celebrate all of the excellent work that’s done by our employees with our Regional Employee Excellence Awards celebration. Your fine efforts and passion for our work continues to amaze me. This year we received more than 160 award nominations for our eight categories, which is the largest number that we've had since we began this program five years ago. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners and thank you for the work that you do! Read more

This month, the Region hosted Rowan Gould, our Deputy Director, who participated in several activities.  First, Rowan met in the Regional Office with the  Science Applications - Assistant Regional Directors from throughout the Service and also took some time to visit with staff in the Regional Office as part of an informal town hall meeting. Rowan then traveled to see our Whitney Genetics Lab and Fisheries office in La Crosse, and also stopped in at the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitors Center in Onalaska where Refuge district managers were meeting along with their biologists to discuss upcoming resource activities for this summer. Read more about diving duck distribution and abundance in the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Joint Venture Region.

May is a time when we start getting into the field in earnest.  I would like to remind you that new employees or employees starting to use new techniques and tools should be both trained properly and follow safe procedures. As such, please be sure to complete all of your training. May is also the beginning of boating season.  I invite you to find out what Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funding does for conservation in your state. Read more.

Finally, I was thrilled that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently approved $61 million to conserve North American wetlands and specifically awarded $6.5 million to support projects in the Midwest. Read more.

I wish everyone the best for the beginning of Spring and hopefully Summer will follow soon.




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Last updated: May 21, 2014