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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


Birding is pretty good all this month. Really - just get out of the air conditioning and take a walk and you will see something wonderful. Oyster catchers, skimmers, and brown pelicans can be seen along bayside sand bars and cruising the surf for fish. This is a good time for spotting herps sunning themselves like frogs, skinks, and snakes such as black racers, hog nose, and copperheads. Waterlilies are in full bloom in many local ponds. Black-eyed susan's, daisies and dune mallows decorate local roadsides and marsh edges.
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Delmarva's Night Sky


Full Moon: July 8
New Moon: July 23
Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower Peaks: July 30

Names for the July full moon include:
Hay Moon, Wart Moon, Moon of Claiming, Blessing Moon or Thunder Moon

Fishing & Hunting


Atlantic Offshore
Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Makos, Threshers, & Dolphin

Upper Shore Chesapeake & Delaware Bays
Rock Fish, Flounder, Bluefish, Blue Crab, & Shad

Mid Shore Surf & Coastal Bays
Blue Fish, Blue Crab, Rock Fish, Shark, & Flounder

Mid Shore Chesapeake Bay
Rock Fish, Blue Crab, Bluefish, Spot, Redfish, Black Drum, & White Perch in tributaries

Lower Shore Chesapeake Bay
Rock Fish, Flounder, Blue Crab, Cobia, Spadefish & Croaker

If you are looking for fresh locally caught seafood in local markets the following are available to consumers around the Eastern Shore: Bluefish, Blue Crab, Croaker, Dolphin, Flounder, Lobster, Shark, Spot, & 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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