We have enjoyed having summer interns for the past 10 years or so. For most of these years we shared them with Madison Audubon Society but since The Prairie Enthusiasts has expanded its program, we are now working with them. Our PVC Crew (Susan, Amanda, and Kathie) participated in the selection and interview process, and Rich Henderson handled the final contacts.
The interns will be working at Pleasant Valley Conservancy and Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie an average of 1 1/2 days per week. Amanda is serving her third year as intern supervisor at these two sites.
For a student interested in restoration ecology, the intern program provides a good way of finding out what this subject is all about. It's hard work but educational. Yesterday, they learned about handling herbicides. They then cut and treated honeysuckle in an area of the North Woods that got missed in last November's fire.