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

Most birds are nesting now. Keep an eye out for mama osprey and eagles which can be seen along our bay areas. Piping plover and sea turtle nesting season begins along some beaches and sandy islands. Avoid getting close to marked nesting areas. Butterflies are all around including the black swallow tail. More and more turtles can be seen around area ponds and ditches. Watch out to avoid mowing over them in your yard.

May is a great time to start looking for herps - frogs, slamanders, turtles, lizards, and snakes. Make sure you send pictures or descriptions of your finds to the Maryland Herp Atlas.

Delmarva's Night Sky

Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Peaks: May 6
Full Moon: May 10
New Moon: May 25

Names for the May full moon include:
Bright Moon, Flower Moon, or Frogs Return Moon

Fishing & Hunting

May is a good time to start catching soft shell crabs. Commercial crabbers with shedding operations make them available through out the warm weather season now through Augst.

Upper Shore Chesapeake & Delaware Bays: In the tributaries white perch, shad, and a few catfish can be had on live bait.

Mid Shore Atlantic Ocean & Coastal Bays: Trout have finished spawning and are moving down the Delaware Bay to the Atlantic region where they are best caught around jetty's and bridges. By now the flounder have begun, but be sure they are big enough. Sea Bass are running and Bluefish in earnest two weeks either side of Mother's Day.

Mid Shore Chesapeake Bay: Croakers and Hardheads are being caught on the Wicomico River. Meanwhile carp, herring, bass, pickerel and crappy can be found in tributaries at places like Whiton and Porter's Crossing.

Lower Shore Chesapeake Bay & Atlantic Ocean: Speckled Tout can be found around Crisfield and Dames Quarter. In the shallows look for Red Drum and Black Drum in deeper waters.

If you are looking for fresh locally caught seafood in local markets the following are available to consumers around the Eastern Shore: Black Drumfish, Bluefish, Blue Crab, Catfish, Clams, Croaker, Dolphin, Flounder, Lobster, Monkfish, Oysters, Sea Bass, 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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