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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

November 2017

A time to give thanks

This month our thoughts turn to family and friends as we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is also a month that many of us take to the field for hunting, and a time that I fondly recall my father taking me out pheasant hunting when I was young. It pleases me to know that new traditions and memories are being made this year at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge’s Lost Mound Unit, where we recently hosted a youth deer hunt, and at similar events at our facilities across the region. Learn more

Last month, I had the privilege of serving again on the Service Regulations Committee as proposals and decisions were discussed here at the Regional Office that will result in regulations for the 2018-19 migratory bird hunting season. I’ve been a part of this process now for more than a decade and it was great to join Jerome Ford, Assistant Director for Migratory Birds; Robyn Thorson, Pacific Regional Director; Mike Oetker, Acting Southeast Regional Director; Matt Hogan, Deputy Mountain-Prairie Regional Director; as well as our Flyway Representatives and many others. I’m pleased with how this review process works as we continue to provide sustainable harvest information and recommended dates for states to set their respective hunting seasons. Learn more

November also brings us Veterans Day, a time for each of us to pause and reflect upon the many sacrifices made for our great nation by those who have served and who are serving in the uniformed services. I know a lot of people in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our region have served and many continue to serve, keeping us all free. I salute each of you and thank you for your service.

This month we feature our outstanding staff at the Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field Office.  Hats off to them and the great work they do!  Learn more

Lastly, I wish each of you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I hope many of you will be sharing a cornucopia of wild game you’ve harvested while out hunting. May this Thanksgiving be a joyful time. I look forward to seeing you safely back at work after the celebrations have ended.

Enjoy this month’s Inside Region 3!



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Last updated: November 3, 2017