Faville Grove Intern 2011

Graduated University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

Current Position: Wildlife Technician, US Fish and Wildlife Service (South Kingston, RI)

Favorite memory of the program: My favorite memory is a series of memories over the season. I remember the prairie was constantly under change during the growing season. It was always so incredible to see the multitude of different colored flowers every morning as work started but even more amazingly to be able to watch the colors change over the course of the entire season. It helped to reinforce that the prairie isn't just one momentary image but that it's alive and continually changing and growing.

Impact of the program on your academic and/or career path: It played a huge part on my career path. In a general sense it was the stepping stone that gave me the experience and knowledge to apply for subsequent wildlife field jobs. More specifically I got to assist with a bird survey that was conducted at Faville Grove and because of that, I considered birds as a concentration for my wildlife degree. I've gone on since to make birds my career passion.

How you used what you learned in the internship in future employment: Yes and I still do. This was my first field job in this career and I learned a lot of how to best work under various weather, insect and plant conditions. More importantly, how to work with other people under these conditions and always keep a positive attitude and stay a little silly to get work accomplished.