For the second year in a row, LEAF interns from New York joined Wisconsin interns in the Mukwonago River Watershed where they started by exploring the preserves and learning about habitats, plants and wildlife.
Each day they hit the road to a Conservancy preserve to help with land management, including removing invasive species, monitoring bluebird boxes or repairing canoe racks and boat docks.
They learned new skills in the classroom including how to identify both native plants and non-native invasive species.
They took their new skills into the field…and the water. Here Maggie examines a water lily flower in Lulu Lake.
Teshawna takes a break from canoeing, another new skill she learned, to examine Joe-Pye weed with a magnifying hand lens.
It was a record-breakingly hot summer, but the interns were upbeat and positive even when removing and disposing of sweet clover on 90 degree days.
They quickly got the hang of using drills and other power equipment. Here Gaviota and Teshawna help with repairs at the Lulu Lake boat house.
The drill also came in handy in repairing the dock at Lulu Lake.
The LEAF interns took time out to visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus with their fellow LEAF interns in Illinois. We may see some of them back as Wisconsin Badgers some day!
It wasn’t all work for the LEAF interns. Here they sport a little French couture at Bastille Days in Milwaukee. They also got a “taste” of Wisconsin at the State Fair.