DELMARVA ALMANAC

NATURE: Rhythms & Tides

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Winter Inlet Birding


Naturalist Jim Rapp tells us about winter birding along our coast.


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Delmarva’s Wintering Waterfowl


Jim Rapp talks about Delmarva's winter ducks, geese and swans.


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Delmarva’s Snowy Owls


Learn about one of our most charismatic winter visitors, the Snowy Owl.


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The Snow Goose Spectacle


If there's one wildlife experience that defines Delmarva in the winter, it may be the annual arrival of migrating Snow Geese to our coastal marshes and farm fields.


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Winter Forest Hiking


Hiking in Delmarva's forests this winter is a great reason to spend time outside.


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Feeding Our Feathered Friends


We may not spend much time in our garden during this time of year, but that does not mean that other folks don't hang out there. Feathered folks - that is.


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Terrapin Beach Nature Park


If you can spare an hour or more next time you're crossing the bridge, stop near Stevensville, Maryland, to explore Terrapin Nature Park.


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Delmarva’s Wild Turkeys


Today, these large, spectacular birds are a fairly common sight, and easy to recognize as they strut along the forested edges of Delmarva's open fields.


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Milford Neck Wildlife Area & Preserve


Delmarva is truly blessed with exceptional wildlife watching opportunities, thanks in large part to our famous National Wildlife Refuges.


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Junction & Breakwater Trail


Naturalist Jim Rapp tells us about a "Rails to Trails" project that connects Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.


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Wildlife This Month


Assateague mares start to show off recently born foals. The northern spring migration is well underway by the end of April. Song birds are arriving. Waterfowl and raptors are moving on. A few transient green wing teal are still in the area as of the beginning of the month. Animals also begin to shake of their winter doldrums and are sometimes more visible. Deer, unafraid with hunting season over can also be seen more frequently. In the water, look for muskrats and otters. Baby terrapins are also making an appearance. Watch for them in your lawn when mowing for the first time this spring.
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Delmarva's Night Sky


Full Moon: April 10
Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks: April 22
New Moon: April 26

Names for the April full moon include:
Growing Moon, Hare Moon or Planter's Moon

Fishing & Hunting


Upper Shore Bays & Streams: Crappy, Yellow Perch, & Shad (which is catch & release)

Mid Shore Atlantic Ocean & Bays: Mackerel, Sea Bass, Blue Fish, Tautog, & Rock Fish

Mid Shore Chesapeake: Red Drum, Perch & Speckled Trout

Lower Shore Chesapeake Bay & Atlantic Ocean: Red & Black Drum

If you are looking for fresh locally caught seafood in local markets the following are available to consumers around the Eastern Shore: Black drumfish, Blue Crab, Catfish, Clams, Croaker, Flounder, Lobster, Monkfish, Oysters, Perch, Sea Bass, Weakfish

Remember if commercial fisherman can catch these fish then you may be able to catch them too - though they may have an advantage with better equipment and boats. But don't let that stop you from trying or picking some up at your local fish market.

For weekly trends and bait suggestions check these online fishing report resources before you head out: Make sure you are legal - check local regulations:

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