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

Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish May meeting rescheduled for June 24

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:37
DOVER (May 20, 2014) – The Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish meeting scheduled for May 27 has been cancelled. The Council’s next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 in DNREC’s auditorium at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

Abandoned fawns What you should know and should not do

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:35
DOVER (May 20, 2014) – 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 and Wildlife about “abandoned” fawns, thinking “doing the right thing” means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator.

DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment team to study Smyrna River Watershed in summer 2014

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:32
DOVER (May 20, 2014) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment team will resume their assessment of Delaware’s wetlands this summer in the Smyrna River Watershed. This ongoing study is designed to confirm wetland mapping and determine the health of local wetlands. The information gathered will help determine how to maintain and improve wetlands, which rank among Delaware’s greatest natural resources.

Senator Carper, Secretary OMara kick off National Safe Boating Week May 17 to 23 in Lewes

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 16:57
DOVER (May 19, 2014) – With the 2014 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 Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages them to remember to practice safe boating, not just over Memorial Day weekend – but throughout the year.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: May 6-12

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:53
Agents responded to 31 complaints and issued 29 citations, five of which were related to increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail currently under construction.

Heronry and Wetlands Programs set for May 24

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 16:00
DELAWARE CITY (May 14, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park and Port Penn Interpretive Center are hosting two, free special events on Saturday, May 24. Both focus on the marshland of Pea Patch Island, which the heronry shares with Fort Delaware.

Delaware State Parks to offer Kids to Parks Day

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 15:32
DOVER (May 14, 2014) – Delaware State Parks, along with children, families, teachers, cities and towns are gearing up for this year's Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide day of outdoor play to be held this Saturday, May 17. The idea behind Kids to Parks Day and helping children discover the outdoors coincides with Delaware State Parks Delaware Outdoor Family programs in conjunction with the Children In Nature initiative.

Cape Henlopen State Park announces annual beach closure to protect first piping plover nests of the season

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:17
LEWES (May 14, 2014) – Delaware beachnesting bird monitors discovered the first piping plover nests of the season at Cape Henlopen State Park last week, with one at Gordons Pond and two on the Point. All three pairs are now incubating their nests. Since it is early in the season, more nests are expected in both locations.

Public invited to vote online for best painted rain barrel in youth contest

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:35
DOVER (May 13, 2014) – Beginning Monday, May 19, the public is invited to vote for their favorite entry online at in the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). Online voting will close on Friday, June 6.

DNREC to offer rain barrels for purchase on May 14 in Newark

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:05
DOVER (May 12, 2014) – The Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will hold its last rain barrel sale date this year for Delaware residents from 3 to 6 p.m. or until sold out, Wednesday, May 14 at the New Castle Conservation District office Maintenance Yard, 2430 Old County Road, Newark.

Division of Fish and Wildlife and Wild Turkey Federation join forces to improve wild turkey habitat in Delaware

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:36
DOVER (May 9, 2014) – With Delaware’s annual spring turkey season winding down, it is worth highlighting that the wild turkey remains one of Delaware’s top wildlife restoration successes. After wild turkeys nearly became extinct in the early 20th century, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife partnered with the Delaware Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation in the early 1980s to re-establish a wild turkey population in the state.

Grants available for communities where environmental violations have occurred

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:22
DOVER (May 9, 2014) – Grants are available through the Community Environmental Project Fund for projects that restore or provide environmental benefits to communities where civil or administrative environmental violations have occurred.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter April 29 to May 5

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:20
DOVER (May 9, 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 April 29-May 5 made 681 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 63 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 21 citations.

DNREC DuPont Nature Center to hold Peace Love and Horseshoe Crabs festival on May 17

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:19
SLAUGHTER BEACH (May 9, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility, will host “Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crabs,” its fifth-annual festival celebrating the spring spectacle of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the center. Admission is free.

Division of Fish and Wildlife recommends leaving baby wild animals alone

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 13:05
DOVER (May 8, 2014) – With spring mowing season underway and having received recent calls from people who have found what they believe are “abandoned” baby rabbits, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife would like to remind well-meaning wildlife watchers not to “rescue” young wild animals. Young Eastern cottontail rabbits, in particular, may appear to be alone, since their mothers often temporarily leave their ground nests to avoid attracting predators, returning only to feed their young.

2015 Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp winners announced

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:28
DOVER (May 8, 2014) – The results are in, and two Delaware artists have won top honors in the state’s sporting stamp art contests. A painting of a native black duck with ducklings by Richard Clifton of Milford will grace the 2015 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp, and a painting of a brook trout by Bart Gelesh of Wilmington will become the face of the 2015 Delaware Trout Stamp.

State Park Rangers’ investigation into illegal bike trail leads to arrest of Rehoboth man

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:39
LEWES (May 8, 2014) – An investigation by Delaware State Park Rangers into an illegal bike trail constructed in Cape Henlopen State Park culminated in the recent arrest and conviction of a Rehoboth man on multiple criminal charges.

Anglers reminded to observe restrictions on harvesting river herring shad and striped bass

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:54
DOVER (May 7, 2014) – As fishing season in Delaware waters unfolds, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers of harvest restrictions for river herring, shad and striped bass.

May is American Wetland Month; celebrate with Delaware Wetlands

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:59
DOVER (May 7, 2014) – The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is participating in American Wetland Month, as May has been designated, to promote wetland appreciation in Delaware.

Sportsmen Against Hunger program distributes more than 21,000 pounds of venison to Delawareans in need

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 10:34
DOVER (May 7, 2014) – During the 2013-2014 deer season, Delaware hunters donated 645 deer to the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. The donations were processed into 21,223 pounds of venison, which will provide nearly 100,000 meals for needy Delawareans. DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife staff distributed the frozen ground venison to 30 charitable organizations and food pantries throughout the state.