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.

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Wildlife This Month

Now that nesting season is done we can get closer to the sand islands along the coastal bays where the plovers hang out. And, every evening that is also where just before dusk you can see a mass exodus of long necked shorebirds arriving from the inland marshes to feed on bait fish. The countryside provides a lot of beautiful wildflowers this time of year. Get up early to enjoy the morning glories and dune mallows. Many fields have a golden crown of Jerusalem artichokes, the dusty rose of the joe-pye-weed and purple aster. And the black-eyed susan's are still flourishing. In late August through the month of September migrating Neotropical songbirds pass through the region. Visit for regular birding forecast updates.

Butterflies are still out in force right now. You can still see black and spicebush swallowtails, buckeyes, variegated fritillaries, and eastern blues. The end of the month is your chance to see the great monarch butterfly migration. It usually occurs when a weather system with strong winds out of the North East push the butterflies to Lewes and down the coast. One notable place here is at the Virginia Wildlife Management Area which is just off Route 13 before you get to the Bay Bridge Tunnel in Cape Charles. Now is a good time to start looking for migrating hawks and owls. Banding programs for perrgrine falcons and sawhet owls are conducted on Assateague island.

Delmarva's Night Sky

Full Moon: September 6
New Moon: September 19
Autumn Equinox: September 22

Names for the September full moon include:
Harvest Moon or Wine 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
Oyster season kicks of with the Deal Island Skipjack Races.

Dove season begins in September in all three states. Bow hunting season for white tail and sika deer begins this month in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Squirrel hunting season also begins for both states - but not for the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel which mostly lives on the western side of the peninsula.

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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