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Delaware
DELAWARE
AUDUBON
Audubon Journal Vol. XXV1I No.3
Special Edition 2005

2005 D E L AWA R E A U D U B O N C O N S E RVAT I O N AWA R D

RICHARD AND LORRAINE FLEMING:


D E L AWA R E ’ S “D Y N A M I C D U O ”
Richard and Lorraine Fleming are superheroes for the environment. Michael
E. Riska, Executive Director of the Delaware Nature Society, tells the
PRESERVING OUR Delaware Audubon Journal: “I do not think there is a greater ‘Dynamic Duo’
NATURAL STATE for the environment in the state of Delaware” than the Flemings. The 2005
Delaware Audubon Conservation Award is a tribute to their efforts.

S AV E T H E D AT E !

I T ’ S O U R 29 T H
A N N I V E R S A RY !

ANNUAL MEETING
& SILENT AUCTION
The Annual Meeting of the
Delaware Audubon Society Richard Fleming Lorraine Fleming
will be held on Richard Fleming says he resolved to Lorraine Fleming’s interest in the
be a chemist when, in the 7th Grade, outdoors began when her
Sunday, May 1, 2005 he discovered that “fireworks were grandfather gave her a bird book.
Cokesbury Village really fun to make.” Armed with Then, in the 7th Grade, a teacher led
726 Loveville Road books from the library, he spent his Lorraine as part of a small group on
Hockessin, Delaware time experimenting in the basement wildflower walks to view bits and
at home on the south side of pieces of remaining prairie in the
Social hour and Silent Auction Chicago. His attempt to make a greater Chicago area. Impressed
viewing will begin at 3:00 pm smoke screen was successful—albeit upon Lorraine was the importance
in the Atrium of the main building. slightly ahead of schedule—when he of preserving these sites and their
accidentally dropped the bottle on rarities.The course of Lorraine
Invitations will be sent to all who the concrete floor and smoke Fleming’s life was decided.
receive the Journal.
RICHARD FLEMING, continued on page 3 LORRAINE FLEMING, continued on page 3

DELAWARE AUDUBON SOCIETY, INC.


A State-wide Chapter of National Audubon
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Delaware Audubon Society
2004-2005 2
I am pleased to welcome back a longtime friend of the Officers & Committees
Delaware Audubon Society, Nick DiPasquale, as our
If there are any issues that you think Audubon should
Conservation Chair. Nick has joined our Board again after a address that you feel strongly about, please write
brief absence. He served the State of Delaware admirably as Issues, P.O. Box 1713, Wilmington, DE 19899, or call
the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and the office at 302-428-3959. Chairpersons can always
be reached through the office answering machine,
Environmental Control. Nick brings his unique perspective 302-428-3959.
and knowledge of the State bureaucracy to our Board and has
already represented Delaware Audubon in several meetings with the media Honorary Chairman of the Board
and Senator Carper. As our legislators will vote on many “hot button” ........................................Russell W. Peterson
issues such as BP’s proposed LNG facility on the Delaware River, and the
possible purchase of open spaces by the State, we are fortunate to have President ........................................Asha Iyengar
Nick on our team. He will be a forceful and well-respected advocate for Vice President ..............................Ann Rydgren
us. Please contact Nick if you can assist him or if you have any questions. Secretary ........................................Ellen Wright
Treasurer........................................Mark Martell

Asha Iyengar Conservation Committees:


Chairman and
✃ J O I N D E L AWA R E A U D U B O N N O W !
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Dredging ........................................Leslie Savage
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RICHARD FLEMING, continued from page 1 LORRAINE FLEMING, continued from page 1

poured from the basement windows. After attending Knox College, where MARCH 3
she met her husband, she went on to
His enthusiasm carried on into his receive a B.S. in Zoology from Iowa 6 Sunday 7:30 AM
studies at Knox College, where he met State and a Master of Education in Delmarva Ornithological
his future wife. Due to their similar Biological Science from the University Society, Bombay Hook
interests, one would think they met in of Delaware. She was a Zoology National Wildlife Refuge. Meet
science class, but they didn’t. Richard instructor at Iowa State and a Teacher- at Refuge Headquarters.
spotted Lorraine when they were both Editor as well as an Adjunct Assistant Beginner’s trip to look for
singing in the choir and, as he Professor at the University of local waterfowl. Irene
charmingly puts it,“made her my Delaware Museum Studies Program. Goverts. Half day.
objective.” She has been affiliated for many years
with the Delaware Nature Society. 10 Thursday 7:00 PM
Richard was in his senior year at Knox Prime Hook National Wildlife
Though now retired, she spends many
Refuge Lecture Series: An
when his father, an accountant, hours as a Delaware Nature Society
Evening at the Hook,
encouraged him to attain an advanced volunteer and serves on committees
“Galapagos Islands,”
degree.When Richard approached the for advocacy, conservancy, annual
Bill Fintel, Naturalist. Meet in
dour and imposing head of the giving, and publications.
the Refuge Auditorium. For
department to inquire about pursuing a
information contact William J.
Masters, the response was a dismissive Lorraine Fleming is well known as the Jones 302-684-8419
“Can’t do it.” However, the department author of Delaware’s Outstanding Natural
head continued, he would recommend Areas, published in 1978 by what was 12 Saturday 6:30 AM
Fleming for a Ph.D. program. Fleming then the Delaware Nature Education Delmarva Ornithological

Calendar
applied to Iowa State, but about this Society.When the book was being Society, Thousand Acre Marsh.
time he was inducted into the Army, so written, she says, many sensed the Look for waterfowl and early
his place was held for two years until development boom in Delaware’s migrants. Meet at Veteran’s
he returned. Upon receiving his future.“It was easy to see that the Park, Delaware City. Half day.
doctorate, he started looking for a job development was coming, but what John Janowski, 302-834-9710.
in what was a “Golden Era for people was not expected was such explosive
looking for employment” in the growth. Much of our wetlands border 19 Saturday 8:00 AM
chemistry field. Fleming was narrowing active farms, and we realize that Delmarva Ornithological
his job prospects when a professor at whatever the impact of agriculture, the Society, Gulls. Meet at Fox
the university, also a consultant for impact of development is greater.As Point State Park. Please call
DuPont, encouraged him to apply. In years have gone by, some things have Mike Smith 302-478-5918 for
the course of what would be a long improved; but there has also been information. Half day.
and productive career at DuPont, degradation of our water, air, and so
Richard Fleming authored 20 technical on.All of our areas have tended to 19 Saturday 8:00 AM
publications, half of them on the topic degrade, and particularly our upland Prime Hook National Wildlife
of plastics recycling. He is also named forests have been the victims for the Refuge, Harbingers of Spring.
on six U.S. and foreign patents. Upon last two decades from constant Meet at Refuge HQ.
retirement, he provided consulting whittling away. Fragmentation is taking For information contact
services for several years until Lorraine a terrible toll in Delaware.These areas William J. Jones
got him involved at the Delaware cannot exist as islands.We need to re- 302-684-8419. Half day.
Nature Society. connect the fragments—farms
connecting to natural areas.That is our APRIL
At the Delaware Nature Society he last hope, in my opinion.”
was drawn to advocacy, where he has 9 Saturday 8:00 AM
devoted countless hours to Habitats and conservation were again Prime Hook National Wildlife
environmental matters.When it comes Fleming’s topics when she co-authored Refuge, Early Returning
to complex issues,“he is a master at Birds of Delaware. She also had the Songsters. Meet at Refuge HQ.
getting things down to understandable managerial tasks of assembling this For information: William J.
terms,” says Mike Riska, Delaware significant reference work.“Finding a Jones 302-684-8419. Half day.
Nature Society Executive Director. He publisher was also my job,” she says.A
also praises Fleming’s “statesman-like daunting responsibility, but to Fleming a 23 Saturday 8:30 AM
approach” and his being a “consensus welcome one.“I found out very early in Adopt-A-Highway Pick-up on
builder.” Riska continues,“I am more my career that I really like producing a Creek Rd. Meet at Hopkins
Road Visitor Center.
RICHARD FLEMING, continued on page 4 LORRAINE FLEMING, continued on page 4 Dorothy Miller 302-366-8059
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RICHARD FLEMING, continued from page 3

impressed by his leadership and his experiments in a Chicago basement. keeps very busy at Delaware Nature
management style, not just his “After 33 years at DuPont, I was able Society even in her retirement.
knowledge; by his ability to work with to say,‘That was really fun’; but I was
people” and get everyone on board not willing to give it up; so I consulted Lorraine has shepherded all the
with an issue. on technical issues; but I was still not Delaware Nature Society publications.
willing to give it up; so Lorraine got me She has numerous titles to her credit,
Getting to this point was not easy, into the environmental area.” Richard in a direct or indirect capacity, including
Fleming admits.“Environmentalists cast Fleming considers himself born into her work as project manager for
a jaundiced eye at people in the his interest and has “had the good Amphibians and Reptiles of Delmarva,
chemical industry and don’t trust fortune to pursue it since I was 12 editor-manager for Wildflowers of
industry types.” Eventually, he won years old. I have had a very enjoyable Delaware and the Eastern Shore, and again
them over.“I was viewed with time with technology.” in that role for Butterflies of Delmarva.
suspicion by a lot of people when I ■
went to these meetings, but I began to Books are powerful tools. Dorothy
be accepted by various influential LORRAINE FLEMING, continued from page 3
Miller, a longtime defender of White
people in Delaware’s environmental Clay Creek, one of the sites in
community.” He began to establish his product—something that can be held Delaware’s Outstanding Natural Areas, was
credibility and thus was “accepted by in the hand.” She is also intensely asked by the Journal whether she felt its
many people—but not all—as interested in land preservation.These appearance in the book helped raise
someone who could represent the two things, Lorraine Fleming says, are awareness. Miller exclaimed,“Every time
conservation movement, as someone the most personally satisfying: Her White Clay gets into print, it helps raise
who understands their concerns and land preservation efforts and her awareness! All publicity is appreciated!”
shares their vision.” Richard Fleming publications credits. Miller is sensitive to the cause and has
says he “comes at issues in an even worked with Fleming in the area of
and balanced way.” He is admired for “I think of myself more as a person to open-space and farmland preservation;
his science-based approach in looking start projects. I am not a good person and the more the word gets out, the
for solutions. to pick up on something that better the chances for success.
someone else has started and expand
Richard Fleming has come a long way upon it. I like to initiate projects.” With Lorraine is always willing to help.
since those early chemistry such an entrepreneurial attitude, she ■

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