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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 hours 34 min ago

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 18 to 24

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 19:52
DOVER (May 29, 2015) – 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 Natural Resources Police officers between May 18-24 made 2,784 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 667 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 108 complaints and issued 94 citations.

First piping plover chicks spotted at Cape Henlopen

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:12
LEWES (May 29, 2015) – One of five piping plover nests this spring on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park has hatched and chicks have been spotted on the beach, while a second nest is in the process of hatching, Division of Fish & Wildlife beach-nesting monitors reported today. The fifth and most recent nest was found last weekend and contains two eggs so far.

Milton pedestrian fishing bridge and fishing pier deck replacement proceeding

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:03
MILTON (May 29, 2015) – Access to the pedestrian fishing bridge and the fishing pier on the Broadkill River in Milton will be closed to complete the replacement of decking surfaces on each facility, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The fishing pier is expected to reopen by Wednesday, June 3 and the pedestrian fishing bridge is expected to reopen by Friday, June 12.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to host 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:15
DOVER (May 26, 2015) – As part of its activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

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

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:12
DOVER (May 26, 2015) – Fawning season for white-tailed deer in Delaware has begun, with most fawns born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year at about this time, well-meaning individuals call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife about “abandoned” fawns, thinking that “doing the right thing” means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 11 to 17

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:53
DOVER (May 22, 2015) – 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 Natural Resources Police officers between May 11-17 made 1,257 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 111 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 33 citations.

Piping plover nesting season in full swing at Cape Henlopen

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:41
LEWES (May 22, 2015) – Delaware beach-nesting bird monitors report that nesting season is progressing by leaps and bounds, with a flurry of activity by piping plovers and oystercatchers at Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore state parks.

Churchmans Road boat ramp on Christina River reopened by DNREC after temporary closure for access evaluation

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:27
NEWARK (May 22, 2015) – The Churchmans Road boat ramp located on the Christina River – closed over the last year while it was evaluated for public access – has reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend and for continuous recreational use, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advise Don’t drink and boat on Delaware waterways

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:49
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – 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 –

Three Delaware commercial fishermen cited for violations

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:43
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited three commercial fishermen in Kent County for violations last week.

‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ dates announced by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:54
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying to catch a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s “Take a Kid Fishing!” program provides five upcoming dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.

Delaware’s Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, May 27 in Dover

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:09
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at the DelDOT Administration Building, Farmington/Felton Conference Room, 800 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

DNREC recommends leaving young wild animals where they are

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:02
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – With spring mowing and haying season underway and with DNREC having received recent calls from people who have found what they believe are “abandoned” newborn rabbits, the Division of Fish & Wildlife would like to remind well-meaning wildlife watchers not to “rescue” recently-born wild animals.

Division of Fish and Wildlife announces dates for Sussex County Young Waterfowlers hunter education program

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:45
SUSSEX COUNTY (May 20, 2015) – Young hunters eager to take up the sport of waterfowling in the fall, take note: the upcoming Sussex County Young Waterfowlers Program is now open for registration, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNRECs Sportsmen Against Hunger program distributes more than 18000 pounds of venison to Delawareans in need

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:39
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – During the 2014/15 deer season, Delaware hunters donated 604 deer to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. The donations were processed into 18,016 pounds of venison, which will provide more than 72,000 meals for needy Delawareans. Division of Fish & Wildlife staff distributed the frozen ground venison to 36 charitable organizations and food pantries statewide.

Public invited to vote online for best painted rain barrel in youth and adult art contests now through June 5

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:39
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – The public’s art appreciation is sought in voting for favorite entries now online at www.delawarewatersheds.org in the 2015 youth and adult rain barrel painting contests sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section. Online voting is open through Friday, June 5.

American Wetlands Month’s 25th anniversary marked with efforts to restore wetlands and raise awareness

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:32
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – DNREC is marking the 25th anniversary of American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness of their values and benefits, and encourage actions to protect them.

DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Harrington collects almost 49 tons of tires

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:09
DOVER (May 19, 2015) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, sponsored its 15th scrap tire drop-off day May 16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington – netting 48.9 tons of old and disused tires for recycling.

Stretch of beach at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to safeguard nesting piping plovers

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:48
LEWES (May 18, 2015) – The first piping plover nest of the season at Gordons Pond Beach in Cape Henlopen State Park has been discovered, with the parents-to-be defending their territory, DNREC Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey announced today. Plover monitors found the nest late last week.

DNREC kicks off National Safe Boating Week May 16 to 22 in Lewes

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 09:00
DOVER (May 15, 2015) – With the 2015 summer season making its debut this weekend and plenty of good weather ahead, 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.