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

Thistles and other flowers past their blooming prime along roadsides and field edges provide great feeding and therefore viewing of finches, Eastern king birds, and other song birds. In late August through the month of September migrating Neotropical songbirds pass through the region. Visit for regular birding forecast updates. Along the bays plovers and skimmers are always fun to watch. Watch for bottle nose dolphins playing just beyond the ocean surf while brown pelicans patrol the air space above them. And now is also a great time to see spice bush swallowtails, buckeyes, black swallow tail, monarch, and zebra butterflies and dragon flies.

Hurricane season heats up particularly at the end of the month. After a big blow this is a good time to go shelling along area beaches.

Delmarva's Night Sky

Full Moon: August 7
Partial Lunar Eclipse: August 7
Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks: August 12
New Moon: August 21
Total Solar Eclipse: August 21

Names for the August full moon include:
Corn Moon, Barley Moon or Dispute Moon

Fishing & Hunting

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

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

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

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

Lower Shore Chesapeake Bay & Atlantic Ocean
Rock Fish, Flounder, Cobia, Spadefish & Croaker

This is the month that fishing tournaments really take off. Check our calendar for outdoor events like the White Marlin Open and other contests.

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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