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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.

May 2015

Spring Migrations and Celebrations

Here we go into a new month filled with the excitement of spring migrations, coupled with celebrations and recognitions. It truly was an honor to recently preside over this year’s Regional Employee Excellence Awards ceremony, our fifth such event. The nominations and winners reflect a portion of the great work that is seemingly unending in our region, thanks to each of you.

It was also a pleasure to take part in the review of the 50-plus nominations that were pared down to the eight winners who we honored in our program. Whether you were able to attend in person or online, or happened to miss this great event, read our Employee Excellence Awards story to commemorate the event.

Recently I had the privilege and honor of being appointed by the President as one of the Commissioners of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Their annual meeting is in June and I very much look forward to working with our partners from both the U.S. and Canada in advancing our Great Lakes conservation efforts. Read more.

This year, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the Bertrand Steamboat, an important part of our region’s cultural history. Thinking back to my previous visit there with staff and the tour of the museum, I am humbled as I consider the unique part of Midwest history this site represents and the role our staff plays there. Read more.

Whether birds or butterflies, it’s refreshing to see that spring is in the air and so are these wonderful creatures, with their annual migration in full bloom. The Journey North website is where I enjoy tracking the movements of the monarchs as they return from their winter homes. Read more about how healthy prairies are an important part of keeping successful monarch populations in the Midwest Region. Also read more about monarch habitat enhancements in Ohio.

May 9th is International Migratory Bird Day when celebrations across our continent mark our partnerships and commitment to the well being of our many bird species. I always enjoy this time of year as our birds return to pair and repopulate their territories here.  It’s not too late to take part in events across the country. Read more.

Stay safe! And, as always, I hope you will enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3.




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Last updated: May 8, 2015