Midwest Region Receives President’s Award from the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

President's Award

MAFWA President Ed Boggess along with Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius; Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley, Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Hannibal Bolton, Migratory Birds and State Programs Assistant Regional Director Dave Scott, and Midwest Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Chief Jim Hodgson at the 82nd Annual MAFWA Director’s Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of MAFWA.

July 6, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Midwest Region was honored last week with the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) President’s Award, its Annual Midwest Director’s Meeting in Duluth, Minn. Regional Director Tom Melius was in attendance and received the award on behalf of the Service. This is the first time the Service has received this distinguished award.

“Recently the Service’s Midwest Region has focused on improving working relationships with state fish and wildlife agencies and has significantly enhanced support for the states’ programs and interests,” said Ed Boggess, MAFWA President. “These improved relationships and sensitivities to the authorities, roles, and needs of state fish and wildlife agencies are recognized and very much appreciated.”

In the president’s remarks honoring the Service and our regional staff, he highlighted recent increased leadership and peer-to-peer efforts, in such challenging areas as conserving the northern long-eared bat and efforts to control the spread of Asian carp.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our entire team of Midwest Region employees who work closely with our state partners on a daily basis,” said Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director. “We greatly appreciate this recognition from MAFWA and our state partners and look forward to continued collaboration in conserving our fish and wildlife resources.”

The Service is committed to working closely with our State, Tribal and NGO partners as we work to accomplish our mission to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

 

 

 

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MAFWA Job Opening

July 6, 2015

News Release-

The Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) in cooperation with pheasant range states announce a job opening for a National Pheasant Coordinator. The coordinator will be responsible for implementing the National Wild Pheasant Conservation Management Plan (posted on this web site). Closing date for applications is July 31, 2015. Send electronic applications to Dr. Jeffrey Lusk, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, jeff.lusk@nebraska.gov, per the announcement listed below.

National Pheasant Plan Coordinator Announcement

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Snow geese numbers stabilizing after population boom

Bob Weber The Canadian Press

May 31, 2015

 

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Jordan Stead/The Canadian Press Thousands of snow geese take flight over fields near the annual “unofficial” La Conner Daffodil Festival, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, near La Conner, Wash.

 

After more than a decade of devastating huge swaths of Arctic tundra, booming populations of snow geese may have finally stabilized.

But scientists say the teeming flocks, which have turned fertile grasslands into salty mud flats, are still at unheard-of levels and have forced wildlife managers to consider a whole new problem. Continue reading

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F&W Board Votes to Ban Natural Deer Urine Lures

 

VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2015 Media Contacts: Commissioner Louis Porter, 802-828-1454 Scott Darling, 802-786-3862; Mark Scott, 802-777-4217

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board has voted to ban the possession and use by hunters of natural lures based on deer urine or other fluids beginning in 2016. By doing so the board hopes to reduce the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) entering the state, which has the potential to devastate Vermont’s deer herd. Continue reading

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Wind company to make changes to save endangered bat

By JULIA BOTERO • MAY 4, 2015
Wind turbines
A proposed wind farm in Copenhagen will adjust its turbine’s speed to minimize deaths of bats.  David Sommerstein NCPR

Wind farms have been popping up in rural areas of Northern New York. Wind energy doesn’t burn fossil fuels or emit greenhouse gases. But while wind farms may be a positive step for the environment in one way, they also can kill birds and bats. Now, the company behind a wind farm in Copenhagen is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine how to prevent deaths of these winged creatures before they occur. Continue reading

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