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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 5 hours 36 min ago

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.

Prepare your home and property now for unwanted visitors before bats take up residence

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 09:34
DOVER (May 7, 2014) – Delaware is home to eight species of bats, several of which have begun their annual move from winter hibernation sites to their summer maternity colonies. The female bats return to their colonies pregnant and congregate to give birth and raise their pups. In Delaware, these colonies can often take up residence in barns, garages, attics and homes.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces 2014 hunting photo contest winners

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:51
DOVER (May 6, 2014) – The judges’ decisions are in, with five top entries chosen for the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2014 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. First place was awarded to Jason Gary of Hartly for “Patiently Waiting,” showing his 15-year-old nephew, Christopher Halsey and the family dog Yukon, with a duck call along the St. Jones River.

DNREC to offer rain barrels for sale May 9 and 14

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:36
DOVER (May 6, 2014) – The Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will offer Delaware residents another opportunity to purchase rain barrels at a discounted price.

Nominations open for 2014 Young Environmentalist Awards

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 09:43
DOVER (May 6, 2014) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for the 2014 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter April 22 to 28

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 13:08
DOVER (May 2, 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 22-28 made 768 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 34 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 14 citations.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces changes in summer flounder and black sea bass regulations

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:41
DOVER (May 2, 2014) – Recreational anglers catching summer flounder in Delaware waters will be able to keep smaller fish this season when regulation changes take effect on Saturday, May 11. The changes allow anglers to keep four fish per day with a minimum size of 16 inches, with no closed season. Under the previous regulations, the minimum size for keepers was 17 inches.

Ozone Season kick-off held at Dover Days; Delawareans encouraged to follow air quality forecasts and take actions to help make air cleaner and healthier

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 14:49
DOVER (May 3, 2014) – At today’s Dover Days celebration, DNREC Deputy Secretary David Small and members of the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware were joined by Dover Mayor David L. Bonar and Councilman James L. Hutchison to announce the beginning of ozone season and encourage Delawareans to follow air quality forecasts and take actions that will help make our air cleaner and healthier to breathe.

DNREC receives top awards from the Delaware Press Association

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:18
DOVER (May 2, 2014) – DNREC’s Outdoor Delaware magazine and several website videos also produced by DNREC’s Public Affairs section took several top honors at the 2014 Delaware Press Association (DPA) Communications contest. Held annually, the awards are sponsored by DPA, a member of the National Federation of Press Women, and judged by professional journalists from out of state to ensure impartiality.

DNREC offers rain barrels for sale Sunday, May 4 at Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:43
DOVER (May 2, 2014) – For the first time, the Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will offer rain barrels for sale at the Delaware Watersheds exhibit during the Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival Sunday, May 4, at the Blades Marina.

Spring brings piping plovers to nest sites on Delaware beaches

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:41
LEWES (May 2, 2014) – The first few piping plovers of the season have been spotted on bay and ocean beaches along the Delaware coastline, with the first reports at Fowlers Beach on March 21, Delaware Seashore State Park on March 27 and Beach Plum Island Nature Preserve on April 8. With part of the nesting area already closed off at Cape Henlopen State Park, beachnesting monitors are conducting regular surveys and have seen the tiny endangered shorebirds at both the Point and at Gordons Pond.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold May 21 public hearing on proposed shellfish aquaculture regulations

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:55
DOVER (May 1, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public hearing on Delaware’s Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 21 at DNREC’s Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

Construction to temporarily close a portion of the C&D Canal Conservation Area Castle Trail

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:14
ST. GEORGES (May 1, 2014) – Due to construction activity, approximately 1.3 miles of the Michael N. Castle Trail at the C&D Canal Conservation Area near St. Georges will be closed to pedestrian traffic beginning Friday, May 2, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The trail section, located east of the Biddle Point parking area, is expected to reopen in the fall.

Winning entry and artist chosen for DNREC/DelDOT-sponsored rain barrel art contest

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 09:59
DOVER (April 29, 2014) – Clean water was the motif for the first rain barrel art contest co-sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and grand-prize winning artist Susan S. Johnston of Dover captured it best, both with her art work and in describing it: