News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 2 days 12 hours ago
SLAUGHTER BEACH (April 3, 2013) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve will host its annual Volunteer Orientation Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the center.
DOVER (April 3, 2013) – Prior to Delaware’s 2013 spring turkey season, youth ages 10 through 15 and non-ambulatory hunters with disabilities will have a special one-day hunting opportunity on Saturday, April 6. This year, and for the first time, these hunters can go for turkeys on state wildlife areas that are open for hunting during Delaware’s regular turkey season. Traditionally, this special one-day hunt was restricted to private property.
DOVER (April 3, 2013) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing in Delaware at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11 to gather public comment on a draft addendum to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for American eel. The hearing will be held in DNREC’s Auditorium at 89 Kings Highway in Dover.
DOVER (April 3, 2013) – Weather permitting, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section has started its annual spring woodland-pool spraying this week, treating wooded wetlands for control of immature (larval) mosquitoes near populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Approximately 5,000 to 8,000 acres with woodland pools where early season mosquitoes breed in quantity will be strategically larvicided by helicopter, and possibly fixed-wing aircraft.
DOVER (April 3, 2013) – During the 2012-2013 deer season, hunters donated 18,761 pounds of venison from 708 deer to the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife staff is working to distribute the frozen ground venison to more than 30 charitable organizations and food pantries throughout the state to provide meals for needy Delawareans.
DOVER (April 1, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will hold its second public hearing on proposed revisions to the Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the DNREC Auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.
DOVER (March 28, 2013) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents made 597 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, including 12 boating safety checks, in which all but one vessel operator was found to be in compliance.
DOVER (March 28, 2013) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering wood duck nesting boxes available for sale to the public for a discounted price of $30. The boxes are made of low-maintenance, easy-to-clean plastic. Wildlife staff maintains approximately 350 wood duck boxes on state wildlife areas, and has found no difference between wood and plastic boxes in terms of nesting success or preference of use by wood ducks and other species.
LEWES (March 28, 2013) – There will be fun and exciting programs during spring break at Cape Henlopen State Park. On Wednesday, April 3, programs begin with a Squid Dissection at 11 a.m. at the Seaside Nature Center. This hands-on program, that focuses on the mysterious squid, is recommended for children ages five and up accompanied by an adult. Program cost is $5 per person.
In partnership with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s rain barrels program, the Delaware Forest Service is inviting residents of Delaware communities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to “buy a rain barrel … get a free
DOVER (March 28, 2013) – The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD) encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of Delaware’s natural resources during its annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 28 to May 5 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week, marking the 58th year of the national event, with 2013 theme “Where Does Your Water Shed?”
DOVER (March 27, 2013) – On March 23, artistic entries from students in grades K through 12 throughout the state were judged in the 2013 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Winners are on display at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center near Milton now through Saturday, March 30.
DOVER (March 27, 2013) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying their hand as an angler at landing a fish? Through the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! program, you’ll have your choice of five upcoming dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and cast a line.
DOVER (March 26, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will host a public open house for the proposed Gordons Pond Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park. The Open House will be held from 4 p.m. through 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at the Lewes Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 111 Adams Avenue in Lewes.
DOVER (March 27, 2013) – Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol is actively searching for qualified applicants to fill ocean lifeguard positions at five of Delaware’s premier swimming beaches in Sussex County. Tryouts for interested applicants will be held at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach at 8 a.m. on April 2 and 27. There is no pre-registration necessary. Interested individuals may simply attend the tryout of their choice.
DOVER (March 27, 2013) – Delaware’s spring 2013 upstate trout season will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. Six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County – White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek – will be stocked and ready with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, including some trophy-sized fish. Trout stocking will continue on a regular weekly basis through Thursday, May 2.
DOVER (March 27, 2013) – Were people really shorter in the 18th century? Is it true that people in colonial times never bathed? The truth behind these and other historical myths is revealed on Saturday, April 6 during First Saturdays in the First State, presented by First State Heritage Park from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the John Bell House on The Green in Dover.
FELTON (March 26, 2013) – Killens Pond State Park will host its annual Spring Fling from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. This family-friendly program will feature hayrides, vendors, live demonstrations, games, activities and a mega-inflatable. Music will be provided from noon to 2 p.m. by Joe Baione.
DOVER (March 26, 2013) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing in Delaware at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, to gather public comment on its draft Interstate Fishery Management Plan for black drum. The hearing will be held in DNREC’s Auditorium at 89 Kings Highway in Dover.
DOVER (March 22, 2013) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents made 555 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public,