Pages Tagged With: "fish and wildlife"
Public Hearing: Proposed Revisions to the Horseshoe Crab RegulationsThe Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions to the Delaware Horseshoe Crab Regulations.
Artificial Reef Guide RequestsDNREC publishes the Delaware Reef Guide to provide information about the state’s artificial reef sites. The Guide is available for download in PDF format. A limited number of printed copies are available as well. Use the request form below to request a copy by mail. Please include your
Availability of Delaware Bay Shellfish Grounds for LeasingThe DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is accepting applications for leases of shellfish grounds within the defined boundaries of the shellfish growing area of the Delaware Bay that are not already under lease.
Bald Eagle Nesting SurveyThe DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife plans an aerial survey of bald eagle nesting sites during the late winter of 2023. You can help biologists plan for this survey by reporting bald eagle nests to the state. Report a Bald Eagle Nest
Public Hearing: Non-Tidal Finfish RegulationsThe Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions to the Non-Tidal Finfish Regulations to increase trout fishing opportunities in Delaware.
Wildlife Viewing in Delaware’s State Wildlife AreasThe Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides numerous outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands, including elevated wildlife-viewing structures on several state wildlife areas managed by the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife. Wildlife Area Maps [button type=”primary” block=”true”
Delaware Whitetail Deer RecordsThe DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife maintains records of the top hunter-taken whitetail deer in Delaware, using the Boone and Crockett scoring system. The records include whitetails taken in any year. State Deer Rankings All-Time Typical Whitetail Deer Non-Typical
Deer Stands, Ground Blinds and Trail Cameras on State Wildlife AreasThe DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife requires hunters to register temporary deer stands, ground blinds or trail cameras they place on state wildlife areas.
DNREC Wildlife Section 302-739-9912
2021 AREC Photo Contest GalleryThis page contains photographs submitted for the first annual Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) nature photography contest in 2021, including the winning submissions. The contest was open to photographers of all ages. Prizes were awarded in three categories (birds, nature, and people enjoying nature) and in three age groups (children, teens and adults). All
Delaware Hunters Against HungerDelaware’s deer hunters share part of their harvest each year with Delawareans in need. They provide thousands of pounds of venison through the Delaware Hunters Against Hunger program. All donated deer are processed into ground venison, free of charge. The meat is distributed to participating charitable groups. The program only
Youth Fishing Tournament RegistrationThe Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament is free and open to all anglers aged 4 to 15, but registration is required. Registration for this event is now closed. The 2022 Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 4. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m.
Wildlife Mortality SurveyIf you see sick wildlife, or dead wildlife where it looks like the cause of death is an illness, please report it to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife. If you see five or more sick or dead wild animals at the same location, please also call division staff at 302-735-3600
Reporting Sick or Dead WildlifeWildlife disease surveillance, prevention, and control are crucial factors for safeguarding Delaware’s citizens, wildlife, pets, and livestock. Citizen reports help state biologists monitor wildlife populations in Delaware.
Reporting Tick InteractionsKnowing what species of tick has attached to you, a family member, or a pet will help determine whether you may be at risk for a tick-borne disease. Ticks can carry disease and transmit it while feeding. Most tick bites do not result in disease. Still, it’s wise to watch for any symptoms of
Reporting Fish KillsA fish kill is a sudden, unexpected die-off of fish in a specific location. It is important to report fish kills right away. Evidence dissipates quickly; delays can make it harder to determine the cause. Signs of a Fish Kill:
Volunteer With the Piping Plover ProgramTo ensure continued breeding success, the DNREC Piping Plover Program depends on volunteers to help inform the public about the breeding progress of the plovers and the importance of staying out of closed areas.
Shorebird Project Staff 302-735-3600
Volunteer With the Delaware Kestrel PartnershipThe kestrel monitoring program relies on community scientist volunteers who dedicate time from March through July each year to help monitor kestrel boxes across the state. This page provides information on the volunteer program and a form to register to join the effort. [panel type=”success” heading=”Contact
American Kestrel Monitoring and ManagementAmerican kestrel populations in Delaware have declined. Once commonly seen perched along telephone wires and fence posts, this falcon is now a rare sight across our state. The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife works to study and manage the state’s population of American kestrels. [panel
COVID Relief Funding for Saltwater Fishery-Related BusinessesDelaware has received nearly $3 million in relief funding from the federal government to distribute to eligible saltwater fishery-related businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applications for relief funds were accepted through March 17, 2022.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting DayA one-day, special youth waterfowl hunting day on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, is open for hunters ages 10 through 15. Normal daily waterfowl bag limits and hunting regulations apply, including a limit of 25 snow geese and one Canada goose. Youth waterfowl hunters who are the named permitee on a Delaware Tundra Swan Permit may
Shorebird Volunteer FormThis page is a volunteer registration form for those interested in volunteering to help with the spring field season of the Delaware Shorebird Project. All volunteers must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to qualified ADA or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. All
Delaware’s Endangered Species: DNREC Keeps Today’s Wildlife from Becoming Tomorrow’s MemoryDelaware’s Endangered Species – there here are 86 animals on Delaware’s endangered species list, including the American kestrel, the northern long-eared bat and the barking tree frog.
Delaware’s Endangered Species: What DNREC’s Doing to HelpThe red knot, monarch butterfly and Delmarva fox squirrel are among the nearly 100 animals on Delaware’s endangered species list. Learn more about what DNREC is doing to ensure thriving wildlife diversity in Delaware.
Operation Game Theft Report FormUse this form to report wildlife crime through DNREC’s Operation Game Theft. Information supplied in this form is strictly confidential and will not be released to the public. Use this form to report a crime that is not in progress. If you need to report a wildlife crime in progress,
Hunters: What You Need to KnowHunting season gets underway in Delaware on September 1. Get all the information you need to go afield.
Migratory Bird HuntingThe DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife provides opportunities for migratory bird hunting on state wildlife areas. The following is a summary of those opportunities and the procedures and rules that apply. (Updated Aug. 17, 2022) Hunting Seasons
Ticks and Domestic Animals and WildlifeIt’s not just humans who can be affected by ticks. Tick-caused diseases and related problems also affect many wildlife species and domestic animals.
Dr. Ashley Kennedy Tick Biologist 302-601-6408
Public Hearing: Proposed Revisions to the Tidal Finfish Regulations (Tilefish)The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing to consider comments from the public on proposed revisions to 7 DE Admin. Code 3542 “Tilefish.”
Public Hearing: Proposed Revisions to the Tidal Finfish Regulations (Cobia)The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing to consider comments from the public on proposed revisions to 7 DE Admin. Code 3550 “Cobia.”
Report Atlantic SturgeonYou can help DNREC research and manage the local population of Atlantic sturgeon, a rare and endangered fish. Simply use our reporting form to let us know of any interactions you have with this fish. Submit a Report
Protecting Yourself from TicksTicks live in several different habitat types and can be found throughout Delaware in forests, meadows and wetlands. They are also found in yards and residential areas. Ticks are active year-round if temperatures are above freezing.
Tick ManagementThere are a few simple measures you can take to help keep you safe from ticks around the home.
Dr. Ashley Kennedy Tick Biologist 302-601-6408
Ticks of DelawareThere are five species of tick commonly found in Delaware. Identifying which tick has bitten you can help you take steps to protect yourself. There are also a handful of arthropods that are sometimes mistaken for ticks.
Tick ProgramDNREC’s tick program conducts year-round, statewide active and passive surveillance for ticks and tick-borne pathogens. Knowing when and where different tick species occur in the state, and whether or not they’re infected with pathogens such as the agent of Lyme disease, helps protect public health. [panel
Tick-Associated Diseases in DelawareWhile Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infection in Delaware, there are other tick-associated diseases to be aware of in case you suffer a tick bite.
Dr. Ashley Kennedy Tick Biologist 302-601-6408
2022 AREC Photo Contest GalleryThis page contains photographs submitted for the 2022 Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) nature photography contest. All photos were taken in the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. The contest was open to photographers of all ages through Sep. 29, 2022. In the Nature category, the winner was “Windy Morning Waves,” by Tracy Thompkins,
AREC Nature Photo ContestDNREC’s 2022 Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) nature photography contest is now closed and two winning entries have been selected.
Pearlie Franklin Aquatic Resources Education Center 302-735-8689
Delaware Marina Pumpout StationsA list of Delaware Marina Pumpout Stations for use by boaters in Delaware waters.
Summit North Marina 3000 Summit Harbor Place Bear, DE 19701 302-836-1800 Latitude (N): 39.54790 Longitude (W): -75.70270[column
Horseshoe Crabs, Shorebirds and the Delaware BayYou can witness the amazing annual convergence of spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds along the Delaware Bayshore every spring. DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor is one of the best places to observe this wonder of nature. The Horseshoe Crabs [button
Mosquito Control Spraying CalendarThe DNREC Mosquito Control Section provides multiple communication channels to share information about planned mosquito control spraying in Delaware. These include the mosquito control spraying calendar (below), the online Spray Zone Map and the Spray Zone Notification System. https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=glasgowmosquito%40gmail.com&ctz=America%2FNew_York
Snow Goose Conservation OrderThe Snow Goose Conservation Order is a separate season only for snow geese that occurs when Delaware’s regular waterfowl hunting seasons are closed. Liberal harvest methods are allowed during the Conservation Order to help reduce the large snow goose population that is damaging its Arctic nesting grounds, as well as wetlands and agricultural lands on
Annual Turkey Harvest DataThe table below shows the numbers of wild turkeys harvested each year during annual Delaware wild turkey hunting seasons, from 1991 to the present. Year Adult Juvenile Unk. Total 1991
Wild Turkey SurveysSince 2010, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife has used an annual, volunteer-based survey to record observations of wild turkeys across the state during the months of July and August.
Division of Fish and Wildlife 302-735-3600
Turkey Hunting Check StationsAll turkeys harvested during Delaware’s wild turkey hunting season must be checked at an authorized turkey check station by 2:30 p.m. on the day the bird is harvested. The list of check stations is subject to change without notice. Please check back before the season begins for any changes. Check station hours may vary.
Wild Turkey HuntingThe 2023 spring wild turkey hunting season will run from April 8 through May 6, 2023. A special one-day hunt for youth and non-ambulatory hunters is set for April 1, 2023. Wild Turkeys in Delaware [button type=”info” block=”true”
Turkey Harvest Distribution — Public LandsThe table below shows the distribution of wild turkeys harvested among public lands hunting areas for the 2014 through 2022 wild turkey hunting seasons. State Wildlife Areas are administered by the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife. State Forest lands are administered by the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. [column
Wild Turkeys in DelawareThe wild turkey population in Delaware is one of the greatest conservation success stories in the region. The Division of Fish and Wildlife has reintroduced wild turkeys, once lost to Delaware. It now manages an ongoing conservation program and annual turkey hunting season. [panel type=”success” heading=”Contact
Eco-Explorers Virtual Field Trip RegistrationThis form is for teachers and homeschool groups to register for an Eco-Explorers virtual field trip with the Aquatic Resources Education Center. There is no charge for the field trip but please register if you plan to use the virtual field trip material. This will help us provide additional programs in the future.
Virtual Eco-Explorers Field Trip ProgramIn response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Aquatic Resources Education Center now offers a virtual version of the Eco-Explorers field trip program that school groups can use until it becomes possible to resume traditional, in-person field trips.