David Iglesias recently joined the JN team “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, with funding from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. He will serve as a bilingual interpreter and translator for the Wildlife on Wheels mobile class and other educational programs.
Born in Rathway, New Jersey, Iglesias has lived for the past 25 years in Lima, Peru. He graduated from the Peruvian Cayetano Heredia University with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2018 and has been working in the field of botany since then, in particular in palynology. Before moving to the shelter, Iglesias worked as an assistant biology professor for his honors thesis.
“David is fluent in Spanish, so he will be a valuable resource in helping us fulfill our mission to reach out to the local Latin American community.” said Melissa Maher, urban shelter education leader. “Our first priority with WoW is to go to underserved schools and other places where children and adults do not have the opportunity to visit the shelter.”
“What I look forward to the most is to learn as much as possible, and to be able to help and teach children with the WoW Awareness Program”, said Iglesias. âSo far, what I like most about the shelter is the team. Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. They make you feel like you are at home. In addition, I was amazed by the mangrove ecosystem. All the biodiversity and seeing the interactions between animals and plants is invaluable. It’s like living inside the textbook.
The DDWS provides living allowances and other benefits to more than a dozen interns each year. For more information, contact DDWS Associate Director Lynnae Messina at 239-472-1100 ext. 233.
DDWS is currently running two nominated internships for the year 2020-21 and is accepting donations for three future nominated intern funds at $ 12,500 per year, which represents the cost to support an intern, including stipends, travel, tolls, Sanibel Recreation Center membership and other expenses.