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

Our fall colors may not as well noted as those in the mountain regions to our west and north, but vibrant red and orange leaves mixed with green pines along golden marshes are alive with crimson Virginia Glasswort plant (also locally called chicken’s feet) and the Lady’s Thumb which sport pink buds with bright red stems. Look for the usual birds like blue heron, gulls, and terns. In woods and along field keep your eyes peeled for wild turkey. Warblers passing through the area on their way south can still be seen in local woods.

Delmarva's Night Sky

Full Moon: October 5
New Moon: October 19
Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks: October 21

Names for the October full moon include:
Blood Moon, Falling Leaf Moon, or Moon of the Changing Season

Fishing & Hunting

Fishing begins to calm – though rock fish (stripers) can still be had in a variety of places from just off shore, along coastal inlets and in the Chesapeake from just north of Kiptopeke on the Chesapeake Bay. Surf and bridge fishing remains popular for rock and bluefish. Deer season for bow hunters is well under way.

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, Clams, Croaker, Dolphin, Flounder, Lobster, Oysters, 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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