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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


In the bare branches this month you can see cardinals, woodpeckers, flickers, and yellow bellied sap suckers. Along the water look for loons, grebes, and king fishers. The many different types of waterfowl are starting to arrive including hooded and common merganser, widgeon, teal, scaup and black ducks.
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Delmarva's Night Sky


(Super) Full Moon: December 3
Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks: December 14
New Moon: December 17
Winter Solstice: December 21

Names for the December full moon include:
Cold Moon, Oak Moon, Wolf Moon or Long Night's Moon


Fishing & Hunting


December brings colder weather. But that’s not keeping people from fishing the surf or heading out into local waters in search of big rock fish which are still running in earnest. Deer season continues during the first two weeks of this the month, and duck hunting begins to take off.

If you are looking for fresh locally caught seafood in local markets the following are available to consumers around the Eastern Shore: Catfish, Clams, Croaker, Flounder, Lobster, Oysters, 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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