The Chemours Company
Chemours Newport Site
Newport, Delaware, United States
Certified Gold through 2023
Reptiles & Amphibians
About the Program
The Chemours Newport Site is located in an urbanized area of coastal Delaware, 5 miles southwest of Wilmington and along the Christina River. The site has no active operations and is visited several times each month by staff and environmental consultants. It includes a built pond and wetland of about 2 acres, and a mix of woodlands and open space that is frequented by birds and other wildlife. The site is within Delaware's Coastal Zone Important Bird Area.
Practices and Impacts
- In 2014, the team installed an osprey nesting platform. The nearby pond provides forage, and recently ospreys built a nest on another structure nearby. The platform has not yet been used, and the team is planning to relocate it.
- Partnering with a prospective Eagle Scout, the team installed two nest boxes for eastern screech owls. The on-site forage area connects to similar habitat nearby. The team has found owl pellets under the boxes each year, and occasionally an owl is visible.
- In 2013, the team installed nest boxes suitable for bluebirds, tree swallows, purple martins, and house wrens. Of these, 18 are currently in place and are mostly used by swallows. The boxes are cleaned annually and monitored about twice a month. The boxes were originally put up in pairs, but monitoring showed that only one box of each pair was used each year. Four sets were unpaired, with each of those then hosting successful nests. Other pairs of nest boxes will be split in the future.
- In 2013, a total of 1/2 acre was planted as three wildflower meadows to support pollinators. Only native species were planted, and additional plants were added later, some via "seed bombs" made with seeds gathered from established plants. Bush clover and other invasive plants are hand-pulled by volunteers, and further controlled by herbicide. Woody growth is limited through annual mowing. Plants are inventoried during 10-15 of random walks each year. These inventories provide the data to target action against invasive plants.
- Five wood duck nest boxes were installed in 2014. The team monitors the nest boxes each spring and early summer, removing starling nests as needed. The nest boxes were not used for their first two years, but now have begun to host successful nests.
- Turtles were known to use the built pond on site, but the pond lacked structures to allow basking. The team added two turtle platforms that appear to be used frequently.
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