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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by Larry Dean/USFWS.

March 2018

Spring is on its way

Spring is on its way and with it this year has come the usual rain, sleet and snowstorms that sometimes inundate our waterways across the region. While still early into the seasonal shift, we have already experienced some flooding, and things could get worse before they get better. With that in mind, I remind everyone to be safe out there. Please continue to always follow your safety procedures as we strive to make this an accident-free season.

Representing the Midwest Region, myself and several others recently headed to Washington as part of Great Lakes Day to highlight our accomplishments and to celebrate the Great Lakes as a national resource. Many of the successes we’ve achieved working closely with our Great Lakes partners have been supported through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act.

Spring also means the return of many birds and among those we anxiously await are whooping cranes, which have recently begun their journey north. Their wonderous return has been made possible through the ongoing, dedicated teamwork of the partners involved with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. As many as 16 young whooping cranes will be flying north for the first time this year. We wish them luck and hope for another productive breeding season. Learn more

Congratulations to Pat Heglund, our Chief of the Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning and Regional Refuge Biologist who was recently recognized by The Wildlife Society for her many contributions to conservation and sound science. Heglund received their Professional Merit Award, a high honor as a demonstrated leader in conservation. Learn more

As you know, proper data management plays an important role in support of sound science that is trusted, respected and that leads us toward successful conservation results. A regional team comprised of representatives from each program is now looking at ways to improve data management across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more about their efforts and how you can get involved.
Keep up the great work! Be safe and enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3.



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Last updated: March 9, 2018