Flood damage causes Alapocas Run walking bridge to close indefinitely

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Bancroft Pedestrian Bridge in Alapocas Run State Park will remain closed for an unknown period of time due to structural damage. Photo by DNREC.   The Bancroft Bridge in Alapocas Run State Park sustained such extensive damage from flooding as the last of Hurricane Ida that it will be closed until it is substantially repaired or possibly replaced. The Delaware Department …

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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 …

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Delawareans warned to protect themselves from mosquito bites

Betsy Price Headlines

DNREC is warning state residents to avoid mosquito bites and to empty outdoor vessels that might hold water for mosquito breeding.   With West Nile Virus showing up more frequently in sentinel chickens, the state is warning residents to try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that the fall is …

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Fort Delaware to get trails, better tram path and screened-in pavilion

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

DNREC will spend $3.7 million to make Fort Delaware more attractive to visitors.   Pea Patch Island’s Fort Delaware has served as a harbor defense facility, wartime prison, state park and living history museum. Later this week, it will become a construction zone.  The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is set to begin construction on several projects …

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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 …

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46-foot whale stranded during low tide near Lewes

Jonathan Budler Culture, Headlines

A 46-foot finback whale got caught in low tide near Lewes. Photo by Cape Water Tours and Taxi   Lewes gets many different visitors during the summer, but this one may be the largest. A 46-foot fin whale was stranded inside the breakwater near the East End Lighthouse on Thursday morning, due to the low tide. Captain David Green with …

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State says it’s now OK to use bird feeders and baths

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Blue Jays are among the birds being affected by a mysterious illness.   The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control say the number of songbirds who were dying from a mystery illness has gone down enough that residents can go back to using bird baths and feeders. The state on June 10 asked people to stop using the …

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West Nile virus found in Delaware chickens infected by mosquitoes

Charles Megginson Headlines, Health

West Nile virus has been found in Delaware chickens, infected by mosquitoes.   West Nile virus has popped up in sentinel chickens, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Tuesday. The state routinely tests some chickens for mosquito-borne illnesses including West Nile virus and  Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Both can make people sick and, in a few cases, …

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Rabid skunk caught in Newark; 2 being treated for exposure

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The state Public Health department is warning people in a certain section of Newark about a rabid skunk. Photo by Bryan Padron/Unsplash   Two people whose dog found and killed a rabid skunk in their backyard are being treated for possible exposure to rabies. The Delaware Division of Public Health is advising people who live or spend time in the …