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Outdoor Delaware: Conservation



Want to find out how we can help the environment? From habitat and wildlife protection to recycling, learn how we can conserve our natural resources.

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Our Weatherization Assistance Program – Helping Families Reduce Energy Costs - DNREC can help even out the potentially high costs of home heating, and make a home more energy efficient, through the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Hanging with the Bats - Many of us are scared of bats. But they’re far more beneficial than harmful – and they’re not out to get us.
“Not My Trash – But I Picked It Up.”
Coastal Cleanup 2020
- For 32 years, volunteers cleared tons of trash from Delaware beaches in single-day events. In 2020, to make the Coastal Cleanup accessible and safe for everyone, the effort transitioned to a month-long campaign.
Waste not Want Not: What Really Happens to Our Recyclables - Delaware’s Materials Recycling Facility is a 64-thousand-square-foot repurposing facility with state-of-the-art sorting equipment.
Go Herpin’ — Join the Effort to Catalogue Delaware’s Reptiles and Amphibians - You can help us create the first-ever Delaware Amphibian and Reptile Atlas by submitting photos and locations of Delaware’s reptiles and amphibians, or as we call them, “herps.”
Our Own Toliara - Toliara is a radiated tortoise who lives at the Brandywine Zoo. Radiated tortoises are reptiles and considered among the most beautiful in the world. His ancestors emerged on land shortly after dinosaurs became extinct some 65 million years ago.
What About Kestrels? The Brandywine Zoo is Finding Out - The American kestrel is a pint-sized yet ferocious aerial predator notorious for taking out tree swallows or bluebirds in mid-air. About the size of a mourning dove, this raptor is the smallest and most colorful falcon in North America.
Everything Including the Kitchen “Sink” — Delaware’s Artificial Reefs - Over 20 years, Delaware has recycled more than two million tons of rock, 100,000 tons of concrete, 86 tanks and armored personnel carriers, 1,329 retired subway cars and 27 retired vessels to create new, artificial reefs.
Electric Vehicles – On the Move in Delaware - Our relationship with electric automobiles has run hot and cold over the last 100 years, with gas-powered vehicles always winning in the end. Now people are looking for cleaner alternatives as concerns for the environment increase.

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