Environmental Conservation Intern Alumni

Helping increase capacity for our conservation initiatives that protect birds and the places they need to survive.

Thomas Patti 
Environmental Policy Intern Fall 2022 & Conservation Intern Summer 2022
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Thomas (he/him) is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he studied environmental science and English. He developed his passions for birds, conservation, and writing from an early age, while wandering the suburban woods of Newton, Massachusetts. Ultimately, Thomas is interested in merging all of these interests into a career in environmental research and communication. He aspires to tell the stories of the people, places, and processes that define New England’s unique position in the context of environmental change. Experiences in ecological research, science journalism, and environmental education have reinforced this goal. When he’s not looking at birds for work, Thomas enjoys looking at birds for fun, along with playing basketball and watching horror films.

Where are they now? Thomas continued at Audubon as an intern in our Environmental Policy program. 

Jacob Crawford
Environmental Forestry Intern, Summer 2022
Jacob is a lifelong outdoors person who grew up hunting and fishing in the hills of Jericho, VT. His interest in birds, birding, and conservation took root in middle school, but it wasn’t until his freshman year, as a Wildlife and Fisheries Biology undergraduate student at the University of Vermont (UVM), that his passion and curiosity really began to reach for the skies. In the spring of 2022, Jacob graduated from UVM with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and minors in Forestry and Geospatial Technologies (GIS) and is currently working as the Forest Conservation Intern with Audubon Vermont. Jacob also volunteers as the Chair of the Communications Committee with the Green Mountain Audubon Society and as a regional eBird.org checklist reviewer for Chittenden County, VT. A naturalist at heart, Jacob loves to learn about all organisms and while birds and trees are his areas of expertise, you may also find him in the field looking for amphibians, fish, moths, butterflies, and syrphids (flower or hover flies). Jacob is grateful for the opportunity to share his passions and knowledge with landowners around the state this summer and to promote forest management practices that keep birds and healthy forests in mind.
Where are they now? Jacob continued with Audubon after his internship as our Community Science and Chapter Engagement AmeriCorps Member!
Grace Yaros 
Environmental Conservation Intern Summer 2022

Grace is originally from New Jersey, and has always had a love for wildlife and the outdoors. She attended her first birdwatching trip in 2016 to Sandy Hook, NJ and birds have been her passion ever since. She is currently studying Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at the University of Vermont, and is also working on her undergraduate thesis studying how American Kestrel populations in Ferrisburgh, Vermont respond to the addition of artificial nest boxes. In the future she hopes to continue working to conserve and protect threatened and endangered bird species, and is incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to learn with Audubon Vermont and be able to help with some incredible conservation projects!

Where are they now? Grace is a student at UVM and serves as the President of the UVM Audubon Campus Chapter. 

Asha DiMatteo-LePape
Environmental Forestry Intern, Summer 2021
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Asha grew up in Guilford, Vermont, where she spent her time outdoors hiking, swimming, and skiing. She began pursuing her career in conservation by obtaining her BS from the University of Maine studying Ecology & Environmental Science and Parks, Recreation, & Tourism. She also has her MS at the University of Maine in Conservation Science and Forest Resources. Asha is passionate about landscape ecology and conservation, climate change planning, and creating opportunities for equitable access to the outdoors. Asha loves spending her time exploring outside while hiking, rock climbing, and skiing (cross-country and downhill!) She is excited to be part of the Audubon VT conservation team and to put her passion and excitement to work. 
Where are they now? After her internship, Asha served as the Catamount Trail Association Outreach & Youth Program Coordinator Americorps Member. 
Gus Lunde
Environmental Conservation Intern, Summer 2021
A Vermonter his whole life, Gus grew up in nearby Charlotte, Vermont, and was introduced to birding at a young age by his parents. Gus found knowing the names of the colorful birds coming to his home bird feeders super cool, and fast forward to now, Gus is a rising sophomore at the University of Vermont studying environmental science. Gus is very excited to be a conservation intern this summer, and work on his bird banding skills and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Gus was first introduced to bird banding by Mark LaBarr as a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School while he started his graduation project, and has loved working with Mark ever since then. Gus enjoys being outside every season and spends his time skiing, paddle boarding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and more. He also enjoys playing the piano, saxophone and drums, and hanging out with his Newfoundland dog, Flora. 
Fiona McCarthy
Environmental Conservation Intern, Summer 2021
Fiona is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she grew up surrounded by a wide variety of ecosystems, from neighboring farms to surrounding cities. She was first introduced to birding by her dad, an avid birder himself. In 2021, she graduated from UVM with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Wildlife Biology. Through earning her undergraduate degree, she further developed her passions for environmental education and wildlife conservation through artistic expression and experiential learning. Splitting her degree between both science and humanities-focused courses enabled her to approach conservation through a well-rounded lens. Her work with Audubon Vermont at the bird banding station in Huntington and the Common Tern Recovery Project has provided her with skills that she hopes to take with her as she pursues a career in wildlife research and restoration. Fiona currently lives in Burlington where she enjoys cooking for friends, biking around the lake, and listening to live music. 
Tyler Philbrook
Environmental Conservation Intern, Summer 2021
I grew up on Swan’s Island in Maine - a small island six miles off the coast with a hefty sum of 350 people year-round. This solitudinous upbringing nurtured a love of nature, writing, and a curiosity for the machinations of the mind which led me to walk in nature, write my first novel, and become a meditation leader. I began birding in middle school when I was out walking with my dad and I heard what sounded to me like a rabid squirrel trilling by the shore of a pond. I remarked on how crazy that “squirrel” sounded when he said, “Oh, you mean the Belted Kingfisher?” I was amazed when I went home and looked up the mohawked big-billed bird called a “kingfisher” and I was even more amazed that he had been able to identify it by sound. From there, driven by my fascination with music/sounds/nature, I began learning bird songs on my nature walks. I went to the University of Vermont for wildlife biology and I’m now working at Audubon as part of a quest to determine where I can make the most impact in conservation while holding true to my interests and ideals
Simran Padget
Environmental Conservation Intern, Summer 2021
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From a young age Simran has had a passion for animals and the environment. She was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont and is a rising junior at Emmanuel College in Boston, majoring in Biology and double minoring in Sustainability and Gender and Women’s Studies. She chose these topics because while she has an interest in the STEM field, she thinks it is important to address anything you do with an intentional and informed mindset. Simran was drawn to Audubon by their conversation work. While she is new to the ornithology field, she is excited to join the team and learn from the experienced Audubon staff. When Simran is not learning bird songs she can be found working at a local surf shop, hiking, skiing, or skateboarding. 
Samuel Blair
UVM Conservation Education Fellow, Summer 2018
Sam is a student at The University of Vermont (UVM). He was Audubon Vermont’s first Conservation Education Fellow in the summer of 2018. He returned to Audubon Vermont in the summer of 2019 as a Conservation Intern. Sam grew up in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, where he learned to pay attention to nature from an early age via mud pies and milkweed fluff. He was also a big fan of trucks, but the nature thing pulled through in the end. At UVM he has consumed an educational smorgasbord, from the history of oral epics to the science of geology and geography. He’s still figuring out how to tie it all together. He is a leader in the UVM Outing Club and a member of Slade Ecological Cooperative, a student-run housing, food, and arts cooperative. He loves the great outdoors, growing and cooking food, playing music, and reading.
Hannah Weiss
UVM Conservation Education Fellow, Summer 2019
Hannah Weiss is Audubon Vermont’s UVM Conservation Education Fellow for 2019, a position which involves broad participation in the organization’s many conservation and nature education initiatives. These articles are part of a series of “field notes” pieces, written to give the community a fellow’s-eye view of the exciting and important work being done by Audubon Vermont every day.
Hannah spent her childhood running wild around the hardwood forests of western Massachusetts. Feeling indebted to the ecosystem that had helped raise her, she earned a B.S in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont in 2018, and has continued at UVM into an M.S in Natural Resources. During college, she traveled to Patagonia, Chile to engage with community-based participatory-action research projects and has continued working on research through her academic career. Between semesters, her most memorable summers were spent teaching land conservation to high schoolers in Minnesota, and how to backpacking in the White Mountains, NH. Overall, she is interested in broadening access to and contributing to what is known about the natural world. When not in class or at her research site, Hannah can be found exploring Vermont via bicycle, trying new Paleo recipes with her partner, or watching Star Trek (Next Generation/Voyager).
Where are they now? Hannah held a variety of conservation science and environmental education positions after her time with us. She now works as a scientist for Atlas. 


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