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Delaware
Audubon Journal Vol. XXVI No.6
July-August 2004

DELAWARE HIGHLIGHTS OF ACTIVITIES


AUDUBON 2003-2004
Delaware Audubon Society is a statewide, volunteer organization of over 1,800
members.

The mission of Delaware Audubon Society is to promote an appreciation and


understanding of nature; to preserve and protect our natural environment; and
Cerulean Warbler to affirm the necessity for clean air and water and the stewardship of our
natural resources.

All of our activities depend on the devotion of our members to conserving and
preserving the health of our environment.

Our Audubon Adventures program was used in 160 classrooms in 11 school


districts, 1 charter school and 2 parochial schools in Grades 3-6.This program
provides curriculum enhancement materials to teach students about wildlife
and their habitats and the importance of conservation.

Auduboners participated in the Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird


PRESERVING OUR
Count, Spring Round-up, the White Clay Creek Clean-up, Coast Day, Christina
NATURAL STATE River Clean-up (White Clay Creek), and picked up at our Adopt-a-Highway
location.

We presented or participated in a number of workshops, press conferences,


presentations to groups, and conferences all over the state.Topics included
IN THIS ISSUE Motiva Scrubbers, Sunoco, Metachem task force, finding solutions to waste
reduction, Citizens’ Right-to-Know legislation, wetlands, biodiversity, land use,
cold water, birding, horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, and environmental
Annual Meeting Election ................2 regulations.

Attention Teachers! We testified and participated in public hearings in support of the environment
Audubon Adventures ......................3 on various issues, such as water conservation, democratic process in public
hearings, and the master plan for White Clay Creek State Park.
Letter From the President..............2
Delaware Audubon’s monitoring of the area around the Grass Dale Center in
Visit our Website! ............................2 Fort DuPont State Park, Delaware City, in order to document the changes in
flora and fauna, is currently in its sixth year.The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers
Volunteer Opportunities ................2 and Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
have plans to modify and restore this degraded tidal marsh area to a wetland
area of greater biodiversity.
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DELAWARE AUDUBON SOCIETY, INC.


A State-wide Chapter of National Audubon
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT VOLUNTEER 2
O P P O RT U N I T I E S
As I assume the presidency of the Delaware Audubon Society, I
am very optimistic about our future.We have new members Join the fun!
on our Board who will bring their ideas and commitment to Meet new people!
the organization. Do a great thing!

In the past year, our members have been very visible and We need help in the following areas.
effective advocates for all Delawareans on a myriad of issues:
Motiva, horseshoe crabs, dredging, the preservation and
expansion of open spaces. State officials seek our input on a
regular basis on pending legislation.These longstanding ties
enable us to gain access to the decision makers.

I want to hear from you, our members:Your priorities for


Delaware Audubon, what we are doing well, and where we
need improvement.The next year promises more contentious Volunteers
issues and challenges for the entire environmental community. Make It
Happen!
Asha Iyengar

ANNUAL MEETING ELECTION WE NEED YOU!

Due to family commitments, Leslie Savage declined the nomination for ✶ WILDFLOWERS
president prior to the election. Nominations were then made from the floor Wildflower enthusiast for special area
for the office of President and Vice-president. in Dover.

Officers elected for 2004 – 2005 Directors for service until 2007 ✶ WELCOME WAGON
President Asha Iyengar Fred Breukelman Fun loving, creative person needed to
Vice-president Ann Rydgren John Knox recruit and integrate new members.
Secretary Ellen Wright Thomas Shuey
Treasurer Mark Martell ✶ MARKETING/RECRUITMENT
Need someone with a “Type A”
personality and marketing experience
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Co-editor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ann Rydgren 302-428-3959
Co-editor and Contributing Writer: ▼ DELAWARE AUDUBON SOCIETY E-MAIL: ✶ ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Leah Christmas mail@delawareaudubon.org Team of two people with 146 years of
Assistant Editor: . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Roewe combined life experience wishes to
Design & Layout : . . . . . . . . . .Maryellen F. Birk We can receive contributions hand off Adopt-a-Highway activity to
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deduction designation. Our experience. In other words, we’re
Delaware Audubon Society, incorporated in United Way designation number getting too old to do this!
1977, is a state- wide chapter of the National is 9017.
Audubon Society. Please call 302-428-3959
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News & Views
AT T E N T I O N
D E L AWA R E T E A C H E R S :
THERE’S STILL TIME!
Subscriptions to “The materials lend themselves so well If you would like to renew your
receive a free to our overall curriculum. I love subscription to receive the 2004-2005
Audubon teaching science using the kit.” Audubon Adventures program free of
Adventures kit Sharon Carty, Southern Elementary, charge, our chapter will be delighted
are still being Colonial School District to sponsor you.The only thing we ask
accepted. of you is the completion of an
Elementary “The issue,‘It’s Only Water,’ went well evaluation form to provide us with
teachers of with our Land and Water Science kit. feedback on this year’s program.
Grades 3-6 are In fact, I could tie them into all our
invited to science kits.” This year, for your convenience, you
renew their subscriptions for this Edith Mahoney,Anna P. Mote can fill in the evaluation and renewal
year’s edition of the popular Elementary, Red Clay School District form online! Just go to our website,
environmental science newspapers. www.delawareaudubon.org, click on
The kit includes four sets of 32 “The students love having their own Audubon Adventures, then click on
newspapers, each devoted to a specific copies to take home.” evaluation form and renewal form.
topic. For the 2004-2005 school year, Beth Judy,Woodbridge Elementary,
the topics include: Sharing the Earth; Woodbridge School District Please share this information with new
What is Population?; Plant Life; teachers in your building. Subscriptions
Butterflies; and Birds of Prey.The “The issue,‘City Life for Wildlife,’ will be filled as long as funding is
newspapers are written on a fifth- allowed us to add to our study of available.
grade level and include a resource-rich falcons. My classroom is full of wildlife
teacher’s guide. protectors!!”
Cindy Cunningham,
The following comments about last Shields Elementary, Cape Henlopen
year’s newspapers are from Delaware School District


teachers:

“Great newspaper! Valuable to the


children and great for state standards.
J O I N D E L AWA R E A U D U B O N N O W !
Fits well into the curriculum, especially INTRODUCTORY MEMBERSHIP OFFER
For $20.00 Receive Membership to
habitat studies.” National Audubon Society and Delaware Audubon Society
Karen Autman, Hartly Elementary, Join NOW and receive a FREE navy blue backpack!
Capital School District

“These newspapers are great! I used Name ________________________________________________________________


them to create a science learning Address ______________________________________________________________
center in my fifth-grade [class].The
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kids loved reading them and doing the
activities.” Phone ( ) __________________________________________________
Linda Tonge, Showell Elementary,
Referred By__________________________Date ____________________________
Indian River School District

“Excellent non-fiction for applying Please make all checks payable to: National Audubon Society
non-fiction reading strategies.” Send this application and your check to:
Delaware Audubon Society
Cheryl Mattern, Pulaski Elementary, 7XCH
P.O. Box 1713, Wilmington, DE 19899
Christina School District D90
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Highlights, continued from page 1

Delaware Audubon was represented on the following regional and statewide


boards and committees:

Bi-State Advisory Council for White Clay Creek Preserve


Coalition Opposed to Deepening the Delaware River
Water Resources Agency Citizen’s Committee
Governor’s Water Supply Coordinating Council
Coalition for Natural Stream Valleys
Save Our Wetlands and Bays
Delaware Partners in Flight
Delaware Important Bird Area Committee
Christina Conservancy
Christina River Clean-up Committee
Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge Advisory Committee
White Clay Creek Watershed Wild and Scenic River Management Committee
Pea Patch Island Special Area Management Plan

Delaware Audubon continues to operate two nest box projects to re-establish the
historical range of the Purple Martin and the Eastern Bluebird in New Castle
County.

We offered field trips and environmental education for members, elected officials
and the general public.
The Take Back Audubon movement, spearheaded by concerned chapters,
has begun making inroads.We at Delaware Audubon have endorsed their message.
The elections of the National Audubon Board recently had 77 proxy votes from
the Delaware chapter, which is very high.We thank those members for supporting
us.The relationship between Delaware Audubon and National Audubon is a work
in progress. National has made some egregious mistakes. One thing is for sure;
Delaware Audubon will continue to fight for our fragile environment.

Delaware Audubon maintains a web page at: www.delawareaudubon.org.

Delaware Audubon Journal


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