Jen Adkins Shares Ways That DelNature is Helping People and Nature

Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) is helping people and nature

DelNature helps improve our world in many ways and helping people connect to nature is an integral part. Executive Director, Jen Adkins, speaks about the importance of nature to all of us with writer Ken Mammarella in his Out & About article “It Take More Than a Village: New Delaware Nature Society leader Jen Adkins is relying on plants, animals, a waterway, a high tech tower and you.”

“Between the pandemic and the crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and social injustice, connecting with nature is more crucial than ever,” Adkins said. “I’ve come to believe the most important outcome of our work is not the rivers, forests or wetlands we restore, but the relationships we restore with them and each other in the process. I love that connectivity is so central to our mission, and that we have such unique and special places to offer people for building these connections.”

Learn some elements DelNature uses to help improve our world:

  • The high tech Motus Tower, at DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) in Wilmington, detects tagged birds and other animals, some rare. This data helps us better understand and protect them.
  • Beaver Deceivers allow beavers to build and live in their dams without causing floods to homes and agriculture.
  • Regenerative Agriculture keeps land healthy while farming by making special use of cows, goats, sheep, chickens, and turkeys.
  • Prescribed Burns – managing meadows with fire in a careful, intentional way, helps increase biodiversity.
  • Waterway-based Byway – because of Ashland Nature Center’s focus on the watershed through the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway, communities are better aware of how to protect their water quality.
  • Diverse, native meadows, thanks to our land management, help support native pollinators and birds that depend on our disappearing meadows.
  • Wild rice – wild rice at DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC), helps clean our water, reduce flooding, and feed wildlife.
  • Native Plant Sale – shop native plants at our sales each spring and fall to help get more native plants into yards. When you use native plants in your yard, you help reduce water and chemical use and feed native birds and pollinators. Learn how to garden for water and wildlife.
  • Ospreys at DEEC
  • Ashland Hawk Watch – every fall join us as we track raptor birds. When we track raptors, it helps us learn more about and better support them.
  • New trees to replace Ash Trees have been planted at Ashland Nature Center. Ash trees in Delaware suffered greatly from the invasive emerald ash borer.

Read the full article at Out & About.