Intern Journal: Stevie

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission.  This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities.  Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, help preserve loon populations on Squam, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Squam Conservation Interns also regularly write about their experiences in the Squam Watershed. Learn more about the internship program here.

August 8, 2016

Stevie

Although this is my last intern journal, I’ll try to avoid such topics like how precious little time we have left here. I really have enjoyed my time here, and I will miss the SLA and the wonderful people I’ve met here when I depart in a few weeks. However, instead of dwelling on that, I’ll take this opportunity to talk about a recent dive day as well as a story about the adventures that occur over a three-day weekend.

Last Tuesday (8/2/2016), I was forced to be awakened by Kyle because I lost my phone and didn’t have an alarm. It was a fairly cold morning but I was a trooper about it and managed to pull myself out of bed. Katri, Kyle, Maggie G., and I took Millie the Milfoil Boat down the river to do some milfoil surveying and hand pulling. We managed to get 15 gallons of milfoil, which even though isn’t a lot, I still felt good about it. At the beginning of the summer we had to use the DASH system quite a bit in the area because there were large patches. Now, we have these places under control to the point where we only have to hand pull a few plants. It’s a great feeling to see that our efforts are actually working in places that were once dominated by variable milfoil. I’m hoping that we managed to get the majority of fragments so that the milfoil won’t strike back and re-root themselves.

Now onto my other story. There’s a light side and a dark side to having days off when it comes to the SLA internship. Every intern has a three day weekend during the summer and mine was this past weekend. After being at SLA for over two months I realized just how busy this internship keeps me and how bored I get with my days off. To put it in perspective, I went with Jordan to the DMV in Concord so he wouldn’t have to go solo. I went to the DMV for “fun”. Following that, I went with one of the sailing instructors, Julianne, to get dinner which pretty much sums up my three day weekend. Jordan and Julianne essentially gave me a new hope in my quest to overcome boredom. So there it is, my last intern journal. I said I would try to avoid talking about the end of summer, so I did just that. You know what they say: “Do or do not, there is no try.”

Stevie grew up in Claremont, New Hampshire is currently attending the University of Vermont, UVM, where he's majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Wildlife Biology.

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