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

In March area fields awaiting spring planting are in full purple bloom with henbit. Crocus and daffodils of long past gardens bloom in unexpected wild places. The finches are starting to get their vibrant colors back. Killdeer are beginning to mark their nesting territory. Along the bays and marshes look for shore birds like yellow legs, ruddy turnstones, avocets, rails, and ibis. Snow Geese are starting to leave for parts north but by the end of the month neotropical warblers start to make an appearance. Also as the weather warms, spring peepers and tree frogs can be heard every evening, letting us know that spring is here to stay.

March often brings heavy weather in the form of Nor'easters. After one of these three day blows head to area beaches for good shelling.

Fishing & Hunting

On the Chesapeake Bay, in tributaries on the Upper Shore, and in Derrickson’s Creek in Delaware look for shad which is fun to catch but remember it’s protected so it’s catch & release only.

On the Atlantic Ocean Off Shore & Coastal Bays: look for the Mackerel run to begin.

And in the surf and along jetties there are young stripers – remember to watch the length which should be a minimum of 28 inches.

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, Monkfish, Oysters, Perch, & 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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