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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

October 2017

Autumn’s colorful return

Autumn is upon us with the falling of leaves and temperatures. It’s a time of year I look forward to, especially raking leaves and listening to the unmistakable sounds of sandhill cranes and other birds as they fill the skies to make their move south. When I hear sandhills, in particular, I fondly recall and wonder if any of those birds were among those I saw feasting on barley years back in Alaska, as they began their majestic journey south across Canada and our midwestern skies.

I hope each of you have your own outdoor memories to cherish this fall as you witness the migration and the changing of the seasons. Take a moment to remember that it’s the great work we do each field season that allows us to enjoy the splendor of migrating birds and wildlife this time of year. Whether you hunt or enjoy nature in other ways, fall is a wonderful season.

I recently had the honor of joining our Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan at the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. As a collector of the stamps, it’s always a thrill to see the outstanding artwork submitted to the contest. I was also pleased to see that Midwest artists again were very successful and landed the top three honors. Bob Hautman won this year’s contest, his third time winning. He and his brothers Jim and Joe, who each have won five times, have now won the last three straight contests. For the first time, all three brothers will be sitting out of next year’s contest as our rules state that winning artists must sit out for three years after winning. Congratulations to all! Learn more.

I’m also pleased to congratulate Biologist Darrin Welchert, the 2016 Midwest Region National Wildlife Refuge System Biologist of the Year. This is a well-deserved honor highlighting Darrin’s great work at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri. The award recognizes the important work of our biologists throughout the region -- work that is vital to our management decisions and actions, and for the public, who enjoy our great public lands. Learn more

Last month our region participated in the 30th Annual Meeting of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society-Great Lakes Region at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota. As always, it was a great opportunity to network with fellow conservationists who carry on important work on tribal lands. Wildlife know no borders or boundaries, which emphasizes why our continued ability to work successfully together is so important for our shared fish and wildlife conservation objectives. Learn more

Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to our featured staff this month hailing from northern Wisconsin at our Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. We appreciate the important work they do. I’m sure snow will be falling again soon on their office and across the northern tier of the region! Learn more

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Last updated: October 6, 2017