My name is Emily Bolander, and I am a senior at Davis Senior High School. This is my first internship and I’m happy that spending time in nature is part of it. Although it was super hot the day I went to the ditch for the first time, it was a fun experience learning how to collect data for the project. It was interesting to see that the milkweed plants weren’t identical. Some milkweeds had barely any stems to record, while others had many. My group was lucky to spot a monarch caterpillar, and a longhorned milkweed beetle while we were observing. I’m excited to continue collecting data for this internship!