Sledding on the dunes is against the rules

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Those caught trespassing in dune areas restricted to the public could face fines upward of $100 from the DNREC Natural Resource Police. (Photo courtesy of DNREC) In the state with the lowest mean elevation of all U.S. states, the dunes at Cape Henlopen and other beaches along Delaware’s Atlantic Coast might feel like mountains.  And when a snowstorm blows in, …

a sign on a pole

Low-digit surf fishing tag auction starts Nov. 22

Charlie Megginson Culture, Government, Headlines

Photo courtesy of DNREC. Low-digit surf fishing tags will be available for sale to the highest bidders beginning Monday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 9, bidders will have the option to bid on 15 tags including tags 26, 54, 132, 211, 301, 454 and on nine “choice” categories, ranging from tags 51 to 9999. The highest …

a small bird standing on a beach

Predators, storm slow piping plover nest production

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Piping plovers had a difficult mating season in Delaware. Photo by Kevin Bronson/DNREC   How many baby plovers did piping plovers produce when they were piping on Delaware beaches in 2020? Answer: Not enough, says the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The endangered birds experienced poor nest productivity in 2021 despite record numbers of mating pairs observed …

a dolphin jumping out of the sand on a beach

Fin whale that died near Cape Henlopen will be autopsied

Jonathan Budler Culture, Headlines

Officials say it will be months before they know why a fin whale died near Lewes.   A 46-foot fin whale, dubbed Willy by locals, has died after being stranded and then beached near Lewes Thursday. The MERR Institute and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control responded to reports of the endangered fin whale, or razorback, swimming inside …

Beauty of popular Junction and Breakwater Trail draws locals, tourists

James Diehl Culture, Headlines

The six-mile trail from Rehoboth to Lewes is the pathway’s most popular part. Photo courtesy Southern Delaware Tourism     Delaware has been in the top 10 of “bike friendly state” lists for the last decade, and on Friday, one more link in the network of bike paths will officially open. The $513,000 Junction and Breakwater Pathway Rehoboth Beach Extension …