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Additional hunting, trapping seasons to open in December

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Waterfowl hunters await as ducks are called into their decoy spread. US Fish and Wildlife Service photo. Delaware’s third duck hunting season segment will run from Friday, Dec. 10 through Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 and the second Canada goose hunting season segment will run from Friday, Dec. 24 through Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, DNREC announced today. December will also bring the …

DNREC’s annual free state park admission returns on Black Friday

Daniel Larlham Jr. Culture, Headlines

Instead of hitting a mall or other shopping trip, DNREC wants you to get out in nature at a state park.   DNREC this week  will continue its tradition of waiving all entry fees at Delaware State Parks and Brandywine Zoo on Black Friday. The move is part of the #OptOutside movement.  All Delaware State Parks except for Fort Delaware …

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 …

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – November 18, 2021

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

Hover over the image below and a gray bar pops up at the bottom—scroll through the pdf, use direction arrows, zoom in or out, download the PDF, or view in full-screen mode. This Week’s Top Headlines Include: COMMUNITY Bench of stone books honors devoted Hockessin library volunteer Milford man’s WWII service took him around world, into D-Day invasion Sussex teen …

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Delaware state parks receive national award for excellence

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Trap Pond State Park. Photo courtesy of DNREC. Delaware’s state parks have won a national award for excellence in park and recreation management. The recognition from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and National Recreation and Park Association is judged on long-range planning, resource management, innovation and fiscal responsibility. This marks the second time Delaware’s state parks received …

Delmarva fox squirrel. DNREC photo

4 more Delmarva fox squirrels moved to Delaware

Ken Mammarella Culture, Government, Headlines

Delmarva fox squirrel. DNREC photo The Delmarva fox squirrel, a rare species in Delaware that has recovered in much of its regional range, has received another boost, with two male and two female squirrels translocated from Maryland to the Redden State Forest, north of Georgetown. Delmarva fox squirrels are now abundant on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Still, these large, silver-gray …

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Kent woman diagnosed with West Nile; state’s third case this year

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that an 87-year-old Kent County woman has become infected with West Nile virus. This marks the state’s third case of a Delawarean contracting the virus in 2021. The woman indicated no travel history that could have led to transmission, meaning she contracted the virus in Delaware. To protect the patient’s privacy, DPH is …

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 …

White Clay Creek stocked with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Photo courtesy of Delaware State Parks. White Clay Creek has been stocked with rainbow trout to provide anglers with fishing opportunities throughout the fall and winter. About 1,000 pounds of 12- to 13-inch rainbows were stocked by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife from near the Pennsylvania state line downstream to Newark. Trout anglers are reminded of the following rules …

DSU, DNREC to work together on community outreach

Charles Megginson Education, Government, Headlines

Delaware State University will help the state’s environmental agency improve public outreach and community engagement with a two-year research project set to begin next month.  The university will hold town hall meetings on Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 to solicit input from community members on how DNREC can conduct effective outreach regarding regulatory actions and policies. The research project is …