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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 1 hour 33 min ago

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 www.delawarewatersheds.org 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.

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.