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Abandoned fawns What you should know and should not do if you find them

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 09:02
DOVER (May 26, 2016) – Fawning season for white-tailed deer has begun in Delaware, with most fawns born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year at about this time, well-meaning wildlife watchers call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife offices about “abandoned” fawns, thinking that doing the right thing means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Gov Markell proclaims Sunday June 5 as Delaware State Parks Day with free admission to most state parks

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:51
LEWES (May 25, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell today proclaimed Sunday, June 5 as “Delaware State Parks Day” – and along with his proclamation offered the reminder that, through sponsorship from the Delaware Tourism Office’s “Visit Delaware”, admission is free that day to most parks comprising the Delaware State Parks system which garnered the Gold Medal Award this year as the nation’s best-managed parks system.

Don't drink and boat on Delaware waterways

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:52
DOVER (May 25, 2016) – For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters that drinking and boating don’t mix –

Fueling the Future clean transportation event draws a packed house to learn about alternative fuel vehicles

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:27
DOVER (May 24, 2016) – Today, the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition, in conjunction with DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate, hosted a capacity attendance of more than 170 transportation professionals from across Delaware and neighboring states at Fueling the Future: Clean Transportation for a Greener Delaware at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

Division of Fish and Wildlife treating downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:55
DOVER (May 24, 2016) – As inland water temperatures rise and aquatic plants emerge, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has started treating downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds. These nuisance weeds, if left unchecked, can choke the water they’ve invaded, crowd out beneficial plant species and prevent fishing and boating access.

DNREC kicks off National Safe Boating Week May 21-27 in Lewes

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 15:39
DOVER (May 20, 2016) – With the 2016 summer season making its debut next weekend and plenty of good weather on the horizon, many boaters will be heading out on the water. As they do, the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages them to remember to practice safe boating, not just over Memorial Day weekend – but throughout the year.

Sussex waterman arrested for multiple commercial crabbing violations

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 15:38
REHOBOTH BEACH (May 20, 2016) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a Sussex County man May 19 for multiple commercial crabbing violations on the Inland Bays.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 9-15

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 15:37
DOVER (May 20, 2016) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 9-15 made 1,042 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public

‘Mighty Mo’s’ big gun moved to permanent resting place at historic Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen State Park

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:46
LEWES (May 20, 2016) – After wartime service in the Pacific aboard the storied “Mighty Mo” – the battleship USS Missouri – one of the ship’s nine original 16-inch guns that shook the enemy fleet with 2,700-pound shells was moved today to a permanent display within historic Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park

Take a Kid Fishing summer event dates announced by DNRECs Division of Fish and Wildlife

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:46
DOVER (May 19, 2016) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and how to catch a fish? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s “Take a Kid Fishing!” program has openings on two upcoming dates for budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian to come out and learn to fish.

Volunteers and boats sought for Inland Bays Cleanup on June 11

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:40
REHOBOTH BEACH (May 20, 2016) – The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers and boats for the 12th Annual Inland Bays Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11. DNREC once again is lending support through the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, along with the Division of Parks & Recreation.

Bear seen in northern New Castle County public advised to contact DNREC if spotted

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:11
PIKE CREEK (May 18, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed reports of a bear sighting from residents in the Pike Creek area of northern New Castle County.

DNRECs Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 17:06
DOVER (May 17, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites anglers and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured either on the cover or in the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 2-8

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:01
DOVER (May 13, 2016) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 2-8

DNREC marks American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness and encourage actions

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:32
DOVER (May 12, 2016) –This month DNREC observes American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness of their values and benefits, and encourage actions to protect them.

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2016 Young Environmentalist Awards

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:30
DOVER (May 10, 2016) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others whom a youth’s efforts might have impressed to nominate these students for the 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

First piping plover nest of the season found at Cape Henlopen – and an American oystercatcher nest, too

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:28
LEWES (May 9, 2016) – Recent wet weather has not deterred beachnesting birds from beginning their nesting season at Cape Henlopen State Park – with this year’s first piping plover nest found late last week on the Point

DNREC workshops set for May 17, 24 and 25 will help state’s schools, businesses and institutions apply for $1M in recycling grant opportunities

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:21
DOVER (May 9, 2016) – DNREC will hold a series of public workshops this month across the state to provide guidance and help facilitate grant applications from Delaware’s schools, businesses and institutions who want to apply for $1 million available this year in recycling grants and low-interest loans.