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DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces spring 2014 trout stocking plans for downstate ponds

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 17:19
DOVER (Feb. 14, 2014) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced that its spring 2014 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 1 with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout. On that date, Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond outside of Greenwood in Sussex County will open for trout fishing beginning at 7 a.m.

Delawares 2013 to 2014 deer harvest ranks third all time

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:27
DOVER (Feb. 14, 2014) – Delaware hunters harvested 14,263 deer during the 2013-‘14 season, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous season’s 13,302, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The 2013-‘14 deer harvest ranks as the third all-time highest deer harvest for Delaware.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold second public workshop Feb 26 on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:20
DOVER (Feb. 12, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a second public workshop on Delaware’s Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations currently under development at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26 at DNREC’s Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

Alapocas Through the Seasons photo exhibit to be displayed at Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 18:07
WILMINGTON (Feb. 12, 2014) – The Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park will be featuring a new exhibit highlighting the work of the participants from the Photo Hike series with photographer Lynn McDowell. The exhibit will showcase photos taken throughout the four seasons, drawing attention to each participant’s unique point of view. The exhibit will open with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Light refreshments will be served. Photos will be on display from Monday, Feb. 17-Sunday, March 1.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan 28 to Feb 3

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 17:28
DOVER (Feb. 7, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Jan. 28-Feb. 3 made 556 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including two vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 36 citations.

Sweets and Spa Valentines Getaway offered at the Indian River Inlet Cottages

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:32
REHOBOTH BEACH (Feb. 7, 2014) – Delaware State Parks announces a special Valentine’s romantic getaway at the Indian River Marina Cottages now through Sunday, Feb. 16. Through unique public-private partnerships, the Indian River Marina is offering a “Sweets and Spa” Valentines special, featuring stays at the waterfront cottages along the Indian River Inlet.

DNREC Watershed Assessment Section, DelDOT sponsor youth artist rain barrel-painting contest

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:07
DOVER (Feb. 6, 2014) – DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are sponsoring a contest to educate the state’s young people on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality.

Fun February at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 17:06
LEWES (Feb. 4, 2014) – It may be February, but there’s plenty of fun to be had for all ages at Cape Henlopen State Park. Three to five-year olds are invited to learn about nature through stories, games, crafts, and outdoor adventures at the monthly Guppy Club program on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic will be Loving Sea Shells. Kids will discover how different animals make shells, and why they love to carry them wherever they go. The program costs $3 per child. Children must be accompanie

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement cautions public to keep off of melting ice on ponds waterways

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 14:54
DOVER (Feb. 3, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section, urges the public to use extreme caution if considering walking on ice, ice fishing, skating or taking any type of vehicle onto seemingly-solid ice formed by the recent extreme cold over many Delaware ponds, lakes and smaller waterways.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan 21 to 27

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 09:48
DOVER (Jan. 31, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Jan. 21-27 made 714 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 18 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 35 citations.

New coyote hunting season remains open through Feb 28

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 16:56
DOVER (Jan. 31, 2014) – The Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that Delaware’s first coyote hunting season remains open through the end of February. The coyote hunting season opened on Jan. 11 with the adoption of new wildlife regulations that include a coyote hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February. The regulations also established a coyote trapping season from Dec. 1 through March 10.

Heritage Park’s First Saturday celebrates African-American History Month

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:23
DOVER (Jan. 31, 2014) – On Saturday, Feb. 1, The First State Heritage Park kicks off its celebration of African-American history month with a variety of programs for the First Saturday in the First State.

2014 Delaware Fishing Guide is now available statewide and online

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:34
DOVER (Jan. 31, 2014) – The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s new 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide has arrived with a colorful splash and is being distributed to fishing license dealers throughout the state, including sporting goods, bait & tackle and hardware stores. Anglers also can pick up a copy of the guide, along with their fishing license and trout stamp, at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and can check it out online too

Delaware Climate Report projects increasing temperatures heavy precipitation

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:03
DOVER (Jan. 30, 2014) – A new statewide report produced at the direction of DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate, “Climate Change Projections and Indicators for Delaware,” projects increasing temperatures, more extreme heat days, and more frequent heavy rain events through the year 2100.

Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walk & Bike Summit set for March 21

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:01
DOVER (Jan. 29, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation and its partners have announced a date for the upcoming Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walk & Bike Summit. The summit, designed to bring walkers, hikers, bicycle and mountain bike riders, and runners together for an educational conference, is scheduled for Friday, March 21, at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall in Newark, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is free and will open Saturday, Feb. 1.

Feb 8 designated waterfowl hunting day for youth disabled hunters

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:31
DOVER (Jan. 29, 2014) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Feb. 8 as the second of two special waterfowl hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide.

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold public workshop January 30 on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:18
DOVER (Jan. 23, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public workshop on Delaware’s Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations currently under development at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 at DNREC’s Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

Ocean dunes in state parks are closed to sledding, snowboarding

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:51
REHOBOTH BEACH (Jan. 28, 2014) – With several snow storms under our belts and more to come, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation is asking the public to help protect the dunes in Delaware’s ocean parks by reminding residents and visitors that dunes should not be used for sledding or snowboarding.

DNREC reminds hunters to take advantage of Snow Goose Conservation Order starting Feb 1

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:30
DOVER (Jan. 27, 2014) –The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is once again implementing an annual Snow Goose Conservation Order, which began in 2009 as part of an Atlantic Flyway-wide effort to reduce the population of greater snow geese. The 2014 Conservation Order to harvest snow geese will open on Saturday, Feb. 1 and run through Friday, Feb. 7, then will reopen Monday, Feb. 10 and run through Saturday, April 12.

Gov. Markell, Sec. O’Mara announce project to improve navigation of Murderkill River at Bowers Beach

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:29
BOWERS BEACH, Del. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Today, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara announced the project that will improve safety and navigable access of the Murderkill River and nourish the eroding shoreline at South Bowers Beach.