2023 Cooch Environmental Scholarship – Apply by April 14

2023 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 14, 2023. Notification of the winner will take place by the end of May and the Scholarship will be awarded in June 2023. Click here for full scholarship guidelines and application instructions.

2022 Christina Conservancy Annual Meeting – November 15th

The 2022 Annual Meeting was held Tuesday, November 15th at noon at the Dupont Environmental Education Center, beginning with a presentation at noon and business meeting following.

CBR4 Bioblitz July 23rd

The Christina Conservancy teamed up with the Delaware Nature Society and Sarver Ecological to host a Bioblitz on Saturday, July 23rd from 3 to 6pm as part of Open Streets Wilmington at the 16th Street Bridge and Jessup Street. Scientists collected information on plant an animal species living along the Brandywine River to share with participants and inform the lower Christina and Brandywine Rivers Remediation, Restoration and Resilience (CBR4) plan.

An important part of the CBR4 project is understanding what plans and animals call the area home, tracking their population numbers, and identifying where they can be found in and around the river. One way to accomplish this is through a Bioblitz – a survey by volunteer professional naturalists to identify mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, wildflowers, trees and shrubs on a publicly owned property.

Results were shared in real time with Open Streets participants at the Bioblitz table, where people also learned about iNaturalist, a free app developed by National Geographic that can be downloaded onto your smartphone and used to collect and report species data. At any time, users can upload an image of any animal or plant they see and include its location for others to view and identify. Download the app today to submit your sightings and learn more about plants and animals in and around the Christina and Brandywine Rivers here.

For details about this event, see https://openstreetswilmington.org/july-23-16th-st-bridge/.

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