Farewell Interns!

As the summer comes to an end, it's time to say farewell to our team of summer interns: Felysia Green, Alana Tollenaar, Kaitlin Holden, and Tony Shao.


This was Felysia's third summer working as the Conservation Intern with EALT. She spent the summer busily managing supplies and leading our summer interns and volunteers in the field to accomplish a great deal of stewardship and document species at several new conservation lands. Here is what she had to say about her 3rd year of experience:

“This summer has been a whirlwind! There were so many projects including installing over 10 bat boxes and doing baseline vegetation surveys in the new conservation easement. I really enjoyed learning the leadership aspect of the internship this summer. It was a great challenge that I could not have conquered without the support of the entire team! Thank you to all those who encouraged along the way. One favourite moment was finding Sun Dew and Bishop’s Cap. The other was the day we got 4 bat boxes up with all the volunteer help! Thank you to everyone (volunteers and staff) who made this summer such a success!”

Alana Tollenaar was new to the EALT summer team this year, working as the Conservation and Outreach Intern. She designed and led Canada 150 tours at our conservation lands, raised awareness at workshops and community events, and kept our social media platforms flowing with updates from our progress and events throughout the summer. Here is what Alana said about her summer internship:

“I can’t believe the summer is already over! EALT accomplished so much these past four months, including hosting Canada 150 Guided Nature Tours, installing bat boxes at 5 conservation lands, and collecting data at some new conservation easements – just to name a few. What made this internship so meaningful was the variety of work I got to do. Many of my days were devoted to connecting with people, whether it be through putting on bee hotel building workshops, writing blogs and social media posts, or running booths at farmer’s markets. I was also fortunate to spend many of my days out at EALT’s beautiful conservation lands alongside many passionate volunteers and the hard-working staff. These field days consisted of removing invasive plants, cleaning out bird nest boxes, and winding up barbed wire. It was such an amazing summer and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an impactful organization. I’m excited to continue supporting EALT and its conservation values as a volunteer.”

This was Kaitlin Holden's first year with EALT, and she joined the team in mid-June as a Conservation and Outreach Intern. Kaitlin helped with many aspects, including field work, blog writing, raising awareness at workshops and events, and designed interpretive signs for one of our conservation sites. Here is what she had to say about her internship:

“This internship has been an incredible experience and I loved the wide variety of tasks. Some of the most memorable were the days spent in the field installing bat boxes and monitoring plant species on the conservation lands. I gained so much knowledge this summer learning management techniques for natural areas, improving my flora and fauna identification skills and even building bee hotels! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the incredible EALT staff and the dedicated, knowledgeable volunteer team. I look forward to continuing my involvement with this amazing organization as a volunteer!”

Tony Shao was a volunteer intern with EALT this summer, lending a helping hand on numerous field days, raising awareness at our Canada 150 events, and completing an independent project to improve wildlife habitat and visitor safety at Larch Sanctuary. Here is what Tony said about his volunteer experience:

“Working with EALT during this summer is possibly the most incredible experience I have ever had. At first, I was overwhelmed by all sorts of tasks that are very different compared to indoor work. However, it was all worth the experience since I have learned plenty of field techniques that range from plant identification to property maintenance. Furthermore, I was also able to witness the power of land reclamation and preservation first hand especially in Pipestone Creek which used to be a mining area. Besides that, barbed wire removal is possibly my favourite experience so far, as it makes me resolve some sticky situations from limited tools and resources, and berries during the mid-summer seasons are delicious.”

Felysia, Alana, Kaitlin, and Tony all did an exceptional job of helping EALT further our conservation efforts, during our busiest time of year. The amount of field work and outreach accomplished this summer is a great feat our entire team - staff and volunteers alike - are hugely proud of.

On behalf of the entire EALT staff and volunteer team, we wish you all the very best in your studies and your future endeavors. Stay in touch!