Bioblitz Event at New Castle County Whitewood Natural Area

Trekking Through Whitewood Village and New Castle County Park Natural Area


The Christina Conservancy held a Bioblitz to explore the Whitewood Natural Area and New Castle County Park on June 7.

The Christina Conservancy held a Bioblitz to explore tWhitewood Natural Area and New Castle County Park on June 7.

Area of Christina River Watershed and New castle County Parkland where BioBlitz was held.

Click image to see area of Christina Watershed and New Castle County where the BioBlitz event was held on June 7.

On June 7, 2014, a group of Christina Conservancy Trekkers (CC Trekkers), led by Derek Stoner, professional naturalist from the Delaware Nature Society, embarked on a Bioblitz of the Whitewood Natural Area and New Castle County Park. They wanted to see birds, trees, wildflowers, and anything else they could find on 60 acres of forested rolling lands.

Following the trek, Derek Stoner said, “I really enjoyed being part of the BioBlitz this morning at Whitewood Village. From Zebra Swallowtail to Six-spotted Tiger Beetle to the Box Turtles, the group was treated to a lot of highlights in a short amount of time. With great weather and a wonderful bunch of people, we had an excellent opportunity to sample the diverse flora and fauna.”

More events like this will be held in the future. Interested participants can send their contact information to the Christina Conservancy by e-mail:


Trekkers’ notes, compiled by Derek Stoner, Judy Montgomery, Lorraine Fleming, and Greg Inskip follow below.













The following list of Flora was compiled by Lorraine Fleming with identification of grasses by Greg Inskip and recording assistance in the field from Derek Stoner and Judy Montgomery.


Ferns Trees Vines and Brambles
Sensitive Fern Red Maple Poison Ivy
Christmas Fern Sweet Gum Japanese Honeysuckle
Cinnamon Fern White Oak Common Greenbrier
Royal Fern Northern Red Oak Mile-A-Minute
Marginal Wood Fern Scarlet Oak Oriental Bittersweet
Lady Fern Willow Oak Virginia Creeper
New York Fern Ironwood Wineberry
lvory Glade Fern American Beech Northern Dewberry
Tuliptree Black Raspberry
Grasses Common Pawpaw Wild grape
Sweet Vernal Grass Wild Black Cherry
Kentucky Blue Grass Mockernut Hickory Shrubs
Orchard Grass Sassafras Barberry
Brome Grass Flowering Dogwood Strawberry Bush
Switchgrass Box Elder Multiflora Rose
Meadow Fescue Osage Orange Arrowwood Viburnum
Deer Tongue Grass River Birch Spicebush
Broom Sedge


Flowering Herbaceous Plants
Broadleaf Plantain Silverweed
Narrow-leaved Plantain Canada Goldenrod
Daisy Fleabane Elm-leaved Goldenrod
Pennywort Lance-leaved Goldenrod
Oxeye Daisy Yellow Wood Sorrell
Venus Looking Glass Northern Bedstraw
Common Yarrow Dogbane
Canada Thistle Blue-eyed Grass
Bull Thistle Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Sorrell Jewelweed
Corn Speedwell Garlic Mustard
Common Milkweed Common Blue Violet
Swamp Milkweed Mayapple
Foxglove Beardtongue Stinging Nettle
Bulbous Buttercup Wild Bean
Cow Vetch Smartweed
Common Cinquefoil


 Animal data compiled by Derek Stoner with assistance from Judy Montgomery


Reptiles Mammals
Box Turtle White-tailed Deer (tracks)
Raccoon (tracks)
Amphibians Beaver (damage on trees)
American Toad
Wood Frog
Pickerel Frog
Birds Birds Butterflies
Canada Goose Red-eyed Vireo Zebra Swallowtail
Great Blue Heron Blue Jay Tiger Swallowtail
Great Egret American Crow Spicebush Swallowtail
Little Blue Heron Barn Swallow Monarch
Cattle Egret Tufted Titmouse Cabbage White
Black Vulture Carolina Wren Little Wood Satyr
Turkey Vulture Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Red Spotted Purple
Osprey American Robin Silver Spotted Skipper
Red-shouldered Hawk Gray Catbird Least Skipper
Red-tailed Hawk European Starling
Mourning Dove Cedar Waxwing Dragonflies
Downy Woodpecker Eastern Towhee Common Whitetail
Hairy Woodpecker Field Sparrow Green Darner
Red-bellied Woodpecker Scarlet Tanager Eastern Pondhawk
Northern Flicker Northern Cardinal Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Pileated Woodpecker Indigo Bunting Painted Skimmer
Eastern Wood-pewee Red-winged Blackbird Halloween Pennant
Acadian Flycatcher Common Grackle
Great-crested Flycatcher Brown-headed Cowbird Damselflies
Eastern Kingbird American Goldfinch Ebony Jewelwing
Assorted Arthropods Assorted Arthropods Mollusks
Carrion Beetle Cricket species River Clam species
Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Grasshopper species Land Snail species
Wood Roach Bagworm species Oyster species
Cranefly Goldenrod Gallfly
Spittlebug Dog Tick
Stink Bug Spider Mite
Termite Wolf Spider
Leafhopper species Daddy Longlegs
Ichneumid wasp species

Chang wins Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship

Left to right:  'Conrad Rice, Science Teacher, Wilmington Charter School, Jeffrey Chang, Joanne Rufft

Left to right: ‘Conrad Rice, Science Teacher, Wilmington Charter School, Jeffrey Chang, and Joanne Rufft, Vice-President of the Christina Conservancy Board.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Chang, winner of 2014 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship


NEWARK – The Board of Directors of The Christina Conservancy (Board) is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Chang, from Wilmington, Delaware, has been awarded the 2014 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship.  On June 5, 2014, members of the Christina Conservancy Board, members of the Christina River Cleanup Committee, members of  the Cooch family and others  met to celebrate the awarding of the $1,000 scholarship to Jeffrey Chang, a student at the Wilmington Charter School, for his outstanding interest and accomplishments in environmental studies, especially as they relate to water, his community service, and for his plans to pursue post-secondary education in the field of environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The celebration was graciously hosted by the Cooch Family at the historical Cooch residence at Cooch’s Bridge, on Old Baltimore Pike in Newark, Delaware.  Cooch Family members attending were The Hon. Richard Cooch, son of the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr. and Delaware Superior Court Judge, Barbara Cooch, wife of Richard Cooch, and Nancy Cooch, widow of the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr.   Jeffrey’s parents,  An-Lou and Eve Chang were also in attendance.

Joanne Rufft, vice-president of the Board and chairman of the Scholarship Committee said, “The scholarship committee selected Jeffrey Chang for the $1,000 scholarship not only for his glowing recommendations from the staff at the Wilmington Charter School, but also for his keen interest in water quality.  Academically, Jeffrey Chang achieved a 4.0 grade point average during his years at the Wilmington Charter School.”

Jeffrey Chang expressed his appreciation for the award and said, “It’s amazing to receive this award, knowing that it will further my education and help find ways to better the health of both humankind and the earth.”

The Edward W. (Ned) Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund was established in 2011 to honor the late Mr. Cooch who was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of Delaware and  was very involved in the Delaware community as a whole.  Ned’s environmental fervor led him to be one of the founders of the Christina Conservancy and a driving force and inspiration behind the creation of the Christina River Watershed Cleanup in 1992 which has removed thousands of tons of trash and debris from the watershed in the ensuing years.  The scholarship is sponsored by the Christina Conservancy and its affiliate, the Christina River Watershed Cleanup Committee.


Interviews with Jeffrey Chang may be requested by contacting:

Anne Fitzgerald
Christina Conservancy Board Member


Click here for more information on the Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Education Scholarship
( i.e. Eligibility, Selection Criteria, etc.)

The mission of the Christina Conservancy is to promote the preservation, restoration, and conservation of the historic and natural resources of the Christina River watershed. The Conservancy seeks to achieve this mission by providing financial support, advocacy support, communication, education, and vision and leadership in partnership with state and local agencies, other non-profit organizations, businesses, residents, homeowners, landowners, and user groups.


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