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Wildlife In Season

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

Find out more on the Rhythms & Tides page.

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Holidays This Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)
September 2 - Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
September 4 - Labor Day
September 10 - National Grandparents Day
September 11 - Patriot Day
September 15 - National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 17 - Constitution Day
September 20 - Navaratri (Hindu)
September 21 - Rosh Hashana (Judaism)
September 22 - Muharram (Muslim)
September 22 - Fall Equinox
September 30 - Yom Kippur (Judaism)

Birthstone: Sapphire
Flower: Aster

Astrological Signs - Virgo: August 23 - September 22, Libra: September 23 - October 22

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