Out With Invasives 3 at DuPont Environmental Ed. Center

14aVolunteers are needed for “Out With Invasives 3″ at the Peterson Marsh in Wilmington, Delaware on October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Invasive plants are a scourge to wildlife and water quality in riparian areas.  The Christina Conservancy has identified areas along the river that need invasive plant removal and will seek volunteers to assist the Conservancy and its partners (the Christina River Cleanup Committee, the Delaware Nature Society, State Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the Delaware Invasive Species Council). During the Out With Invasives events, participants will focus on cutting or removing some non-native, rapidly spreading pest plants like Asian bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, and bush honeysuckles and when possible plant some native species in the area.  Initially, the focus has been on the Peterson Marsh along the river, but other areas will be addressed in the future.

What will be provided: Gloves, some hand tools, trash bags, and water
What to bring: Hand clippers, branch loppers, small hand saws if available, and favorite garden gloves.  Waterproof boots or “mud sneakers” are a must!
Where to meet:  Cross the footbridge to the DuPont Environmental Education Center* building and go down to the bottom of the stairs.  The event is rain or shine so dress for the weather.
Everyone age 14 and above is welcome, but under 16 requires adult supervision and under 18 requires parental consent (form is shown below).  Volunteers must sign a waiver of liability. Click here to download required form.

Click here for *Directions to DuPont Environmental Education Center.

Previous Events:

Out With Invasives 1 – Peterson Marsh – October 20, 2012

Out With Invasives 2 – Peterson Marsh – October 26, 2013

In 2013, over 30 volunteers participated in the “Out With Invasives 2″ Event on October 26 at the DuPont Environmental Education Center. The project was a successful partnership between the Christina Conservancy, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Invasive Species Council, and Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Volunteers used a variety of tools and techniques to remove invasive species that negatively impact the natural ecosystem and wildlife habitat around the center. This area along the Christina is particularly plagued with non-native, rapidly spreading pest plants like Asian bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, and Phragmites (a/k/a big reed) which cause serious ecological harm at the expense of native species.Thanks to everyone who helped out!

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: christinaconservancy@gmail.com.


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

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