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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.

October 2015

The Feel of Autumn

October is here and with it the real feel of autumn, from the cool, crisp air to the wide array of colors in the trees as they work their way into peak colors. Add to that the distant sounds, in many areas, of those who enjoy participating in waterfowl hunting season, a fall harvest that choruses the success of our hard work throughout the busy field season.

October 11-17 is National Wildlife Refuge Week and I encourage you to take part in this celebration by finding an event near you. Our national wildlife refuges are the premier habitat conservation network with more than 150 million acres in 563 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Every state has a refuge within an hour’s drive of most major cities. Read more

October is also a month of celebrating our nation’s and the Service’s diversity with Hispanic Heritage month. I encourage each of you to join in the celebrations as they come up. They offer a great chance for us to share with one another the gifts of our various ethnicities and cultures. Sharing the wide-ranging experiences in this way is just part of what makes us a strong and successful organization when we are all brought together as one.

As I turn now to a couple of shout-outs, let’s start with the history-making results of the Hautman family from Minnesota as the three long-time successful artists and brothers claimed first, second and third place in the recent Federal Duck Stamp contest. What a great tribute to these acclaimed artists and their strong conservation ethics. Read more

I’d also like to add a shout-out to staff at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge as they celebrate 50 years! I look forward to joining them soon for a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new learning center. Read more

In this month’s issue you’ll see a number of monarch stories. I can’t say enough how proud I am of the work you are doing to help save the monarch – such as restoring native prairie habitat – which helps monarchs and so many additional species that are near and dear to us. Keep up the great work!

As always, you are our most valuable resource. I ask you to continue to keep this a safe year in all you do. Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3.



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Last updated: October 8, 2015