NATURE: Rhythms & Tides


Winter Inlet Birding

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


Delmarva’s Wintering Waterfowl

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


Delmarva’s Snowy Owls

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


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.


Winter Forest Hiking

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


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.


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.


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.


Milford Neck Wildlife Area & Preserve

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


Junction & Breakwater Trail

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

Archived Stories

Wildlife This Month

Song birds are starting to really enjoy wildflowers which are going to seed. The brown pelicans are out in formation now. They were once almost extinct but are a common sight along Atlantic beaches and bays. Snowy egrets, ibis, and ospreys are also a common site along the water’s edge. Many birds are minding fledglings who have left their nests right now . Wildfowers are starting to paint the countryside with color about this time. The wild catus are bursting with beautiful yellow blooms this month. Bull frogs can be heard in full force most evenings near ponds and streams. And, though storms this early are rare, hurricane season begins on the first of the month.

Delmarva's Night Sky

Full Moon: June 9
Summer Solstice: June 21
New Moon: June 23

Names for the June full moon include:
Mead Moon, Lovers' Moon, Strawberry Moon, or Rose Mooon

Fishing & Hunting

Upper Shore Freshwater & Tidal Streams
Bass, Crappie, Catfish and white perch

Lower Shore Freshwater & Tidal Streams
Perch, carp, herring, bass, pickerel and crappy

Stocked Put & Take Trout Areas
Cecil County: Big Elk Creek, Howards Pond, & Principio Creek
Caroline and Queen Anne's Counties: Tuckahoe Creek upstream of Route 404
Wicomico County: Beaverdam Creek
Worcester County: Shad Landing Pond

Lakes & Ponds Open To Public Fishing
Dorchester County: Galestown Lake
Kent County: Millington Wildlife Management Ponds (telephone 410-928-3650 for permission)
Queen Anne’s County: Tuckahoe Lake, Unicorn Lake, Wye Mills Community Lake
Wicomico County: T Johnsons Lake, Leonards Mill Lake, Powellville Pond, Shumaker Lake
Worcester County: Big Mills Lake, Moore’s Pond

Upper Shore Chesapeake & Delaware Bays
Rock Fish, Bluefish, Spot, Croakers

Mid Shore Atlantic Ocean & Coastal Bays
Croaker, Bunker, Blue Fish, Rock Fish, Black Drum & Flounder

Mid Shore Chesapeake Bay
Rock Fish, Bluefish, Spot, Redfish, Black Drum

Lower Shore Chesapeake Bay & Atlantic Ocean
Flounder, Black Drum, Red Drum, & Croake

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