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First four piping plover chicks of the season spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 16:41
LEWES (May 31, 2016) – The first piping plover nest of the season has hatched a full clutch of four chicks on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Thompson’s Bridge entrance to Brandywine Creek State Park to be closed evening of May 30 thru June 3 for construction

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 14:57
DOVER (May 27, 2016) – The Thompson’s Bridge entrance to Brandywine Creek State Park will be closed from Monday evening, May 30, through Friday, June 3, for a parking lot and trail paving project.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 16 thru 22

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 09:42
DOVER (May 27, 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 16-22 made 1,091 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 37 citations.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 4

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 09:41
DOVER (May 20, 2016) – As part of their activities for National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4

DNREC announces Delaware State Parks’ annual camping numbers hit record high

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:25
DOVER (May 26, 2016) – As Memorial Day weekend nears with the unofficial start of summer boasting the best weather forecast in recent memory, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation is preparing for another banner year after serving a record number of campers and cabin guests in 2015.

First piping plover hatches anticipated next week

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:36
LEWES (May 26, 2016) – Four pairs of piping plovers are incubating nests on the Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, with the first hatches anticipated as soon as next week, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC, UD partner to create database of funding opportunities to support resilient communities

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:52
DOVER (May 26, 2016) – Climate change impacts are a growing concern for Delaware’s municipalities and communities, and local governments often wonder where they can find funding to help them adapt to or combat threats of severe weather events and enhance resiliency against climate change and sea level rise.

DNREC reopens Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier after major repairs

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:47
LEWES (May 25, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small were joined today by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Acting Assistant Director Paul Rauch, Delaware Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, other legislators and members of the community to mark the reopening of the newly-repaired 1,300-foot Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier.

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.