John Harrod

Build It and They Will Come: New Osprey Platform at DEEC

By John Harrod, Manager, DuPont Environmental Education Center The Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge has a new Osprey nesting platform. DNS worked with Cristina Frank, senior environmental scientist with Pepco Holdings, to install a new platform near the DuPont Environmental Education Center. It can be easily seen at eye level as you cross the …

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Black Groundhog at DEEC

By John Harrod, Manager, DuPont Environmental Education Center DEEC has had a resident groundhog this summer. While groundhogs are fairly common, this one is worth noting because of its unique color: black. Its black fur is due to excess amounts of melanin, a pigment that gives skin, hair, feathers and fur their dark color. This occurrence …

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A Beaver in Wilmington

By John Harrod, Manager, DuPont Environmental Education Center Occasionally, visitors to the Dupont Environmental Education Center spot Beavers swimming in the Christina River, right in front of the center.  On a recent marsh clean-up in the 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, volunteers from the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington were treated to close …

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