2022 Cooch Environmental Scholarship – Apply by April 15

2022 Scholarship Guidelines

The Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund was established to honor the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr. (1920-2010).  “Ned”, as many knew him, was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of the State of Delaware.  He was a founder of the Christina Conservancy, one of the driving forces for the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, and an active member of the Delaware community who demonstrated a deep commitment to the natural environment.

This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one Delaware resident selected by the scholarship committee who demonstrates the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life.  Applications are due by Friday, April 15, 2022. Notification of the winner will take place by the end of May and the Scholarship will be awarded in June 2022. Click here for full scholarship guidelines and application instructions.

2021 Annual Meeting Held Nov 16th

On Tuesday, November 16th the Christina Conservancy held its annual meeting at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s Copeland Maritime Center located at 1124 E 7th Street in Wilmington. Presentations were from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a meeting of the Board of Directors.

The program featured a presentation on the Underground Railroad’s Connection to the Christina River by guest speaker Sam Heed, as well as an update on the lower Christina and Brandywine River Remediation, Restoration and Resilience (CBR4) project.

CBR4 Bioblitz Held Saturday September 25

The Christina Conservancy teamed up with the Delaware Nature Society and others to host a Bioblitz on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington. It was held as part of the Monarch Migration Celebration, an afternoon of culture and nature, and will help inform the lower Christina and Brandywine Rivers Remediation, Restoration and Resilience (CBR4) plan.

An important part of the CBR4 project is understanding what plants and animals call the area home, tracking their populations and identifying where in the project area they can be found. One way to do this is by hosting a Bioblitz – a fun walk led by a professional naturalist to identify any or all of the mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, wildflowers, trees and shrubs in a publicly owned property.

On September 25th four walks were held between 1:00 pm and 5:00pm and over 60 species of plants and animal were identified. Walk participants learn about iNaturalist, a free app that can be downloaded to your smartphonean and used to collect and report species data. Users can upload an image of any animal or plant they see at any time, with its location for others to view and help identify. Download the App today and submit your sightings. (Learn More)

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