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DDWS funds 2010-11 refuge interns

By Staff | Jan 26, 2011

Three new “Ding” Darling NWR interns are, from left, Jenny Lynch, Rachel Krauss and Joe Stack.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) has provided $35,000 funding for intern living-expense stipends for J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Three new, highly qualified interns recently joined the staff under the program.

A graduate from Kent State University in Ohio, with a bachelor of science degree in zoology, Jenny Lynch clocked in as a refuge environmental education intern in November 2010 and will stay on through May 2011.

Two new biology interns arrived in January and will remain on the job through June 2011. Rachel Krauss hails from Connecticut, where she graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs with a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a master’s in biodiversity studies.

From Madison, Ind., Joe Stack holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in conservation environmental science from Franklin College.

“These young interns are doing essential work for the refuge while they gain valuable experience,” said Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik. “The refuge, as always, is indebted to the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society for making the funds available to make this program possible.”

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop proceeds.

To join DDWS and support the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org, call Birgie Vertesch at 239-292-0566 or send an e-mail to director@dingdarlingsociety.org.