Delaware F&W Presents Wildlife Programs

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DNREC's DuPont Nature Center manager, Dawn Webb, has announced new wildlife programs in September at the state-of-the-art interpretive science center located in Slaughter Beach.

"We had tremendous interest from families and school groups in our "Wild Wednesdays in August" programs that we developed new and exciting wildlife programs for September," said Webb. "We expanded our program series, not only to include "Wild Wednesdays," but also "Wild Saturdays" and even some "Wild Sundays," too. We believe children and parents will enjoy the hands-on activities designed to encourage the discovery of our local wildlife."

All programs are held at DNREC's DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve located on the shores of the Mispillion River and Delaware Bay in Slaughter Beach. Most programs are free; however due to limited space, pre-registration is requested by contacting the center at (302) 422-1329.

FAMILY BIRDING 101
Sat., Sept. 8, 2007
10 - 11:30 a.m.

It's simple to get started bird watching. And it's fun to involve the entire family. We'll share our knowledge of bird identification and viewing opportunities in and around the Mispillion Harbor. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars, scopes, and field guides. If you don't have binoculars or birding guides, we do. Limited to 20; please pre-register.

CRABS, BARNACLES, SEA STARS, AND CRITTERS OF THE MISPILLION SHORELINE
Wed., Sept. 12, 2007
6:30 – 8 p.m.

The salt marsh shoreline is home to many animals and plants. Did you know that no two oysters are alike and that a barnacle has six pairs of hairy legs? Wear your old sneakers, weather permitting, and we’ll carefully explore the shoreline around the marsh and learn some interesting facts about the critters that live around the center.

KAYAKING THE MISPILLION Sun., Sept. 16, 2007
1 – 4 p.m.

Join us as we explore the many facets of the salt marshes around the Mispillion River. You'll enjoy native wildlife along with the sights and sounds that make the bay so beautiful. A brief lesson will be given on paddle strokes. There is a fee for this course. Kayaks are available for rent; single, $25.00 and tandem, $35.00 (includes paddles and life jackets). You may bring your own kayak; the fee is $15.00. "Return to Nature" is conducting this paddle and will donate $5 per boat back to the center. Limited boat rental; please pre-register, even if you bring your own kayak.

WILDLIFE JOURNALING Wed., Sept. 19, 2007
6:30 - 8 p.m.

A journal can become a log of impressions, feelings, observations and even important data that can be referred to later. It can reflect change in ecosystems, describe vegetation, and record wildlife seen in your backyard. You'll make your own journal, and learn how early explorers and naturalists used journals. Seating is limited to 15; please pre-register.

OWLS AND OWL PELLETS Wed., Sept. 26, 2007
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Owls swallow their prey, such as meadow voles and insects, whole. But an owl cannot digest the vole’s bones, teeth, and fur. What happens then? You'll solve this mystery and learn through this hands-on activity on what owls eat. Seating is limited to 15; please pre-register.

The DuPont Nature Center's mission is to connect people with nature, inspiring them to appreciate what naturally surrounds them. The center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the grounds remain open each day until sundown.

The distinctive red-roofed center includes an observation deck with telescopes to view the harbor, bay and shoreline and the more than 130 species of fish, shellfish, waterfowl and birds that populate the area. The center is filled with interactive exhibits devoted to the Delaware Bay's natural history and ecology.

DNREC's DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road in Slaughter Beach. Take Del. Rt. 1 to Rt. 36 East (Milford/Slaughter Beach exit) and proceed to Rt. 36 – also called the Cedar Beach Road – toward Slaughter Beach for 4.6 miles. Turn Left on Lighthouse Road and continue toward the Delaware Bay. The red-roof center is at the end of Lighthouse Road.