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Predators, storm slow piping plover nest production

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Piping plovers had a difficult mating season in Delaware. Photo by Kevin Bronson/DNREC   How many baby plovers did piping plovers produce when they were piping on Delaware beaches in 2020? Answer: Not enough, says the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The endangered birds experienced poor nest productivity in 2021 despite record numbers of mating pairs observed …

Once Ida passes, weather expected to be gorgeous for Labor Day

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Photo by Jim Stapleton/Unsplash   Delaware weather is expected to be gorgeous over Labor Day weekend, with sunny days and highs hovering around 80 degrees. By Thursday night, the remnants of Hurricane Ida will have swept away, leaving the coast clear for fun. Literally. The Delaware Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures from Thursday until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, …

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Fin whale that died near Cape Henlopen will be autopsied

Jonathan Budler Culture, Headlines

Officials say it will be months before they know why a fin whale died near Lewes.   A 46-foot fin whale, dubbed Willy by locals, has died after being stranded and then beached near Lewes Thursday. The MERR Institute and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control responded to reports of the endangered fin whale, or razorback, swimming inside …

Shark! 128-foot blimp to visit Delaware beaches Sunday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Dun dun… dun dun…. dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnn. The Discovery Channel’s Shark Blimp hits Delaware beaches Sunday Fireworks won’t be the only thing flying high in  he Delaware sky on Independence Day. A great white shark blimp is scheduled to fly above the state’s beach resort towns as well. Discovery Channel is presenting its marketing ploy for its annual Shark …

Beauty of popular Junction and Breakwater Trail draws locals, tourists

James Diehl Culture, Headlines

The six-mile trail from Rehoboth to Lewes is the pathway’s most popular part. Photo courtesy Southern Delaware Tourism     Delaware has been in the top 10 of “bike friendly state” lists for the last decade, and on Friday, one more link in the network of bike paths will officially open. The $513,000 Junction and Breakwater Pathway Rehoboth Beach Extension …

The Bidens head to Rehoboth Beach house this week

Betsy Price Beaches, Government & Politics, Headlines

Helicopters like the Marine One were seen flying over Sussex County and at Rehoboth Beach. Photo from Wikipedia Commons.   President Joe Biden seems set to hit Rehoboth Beach this week arriving as early as Wednesday.  Three Marine Ones have been seen flying over Sussex County, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is closing parts of the Gordon …

Delaware Botanic Gardens ready for a real First State summer crowd

Betsy Price Beaches, Delaware Nonprofits, Environment, Headlines

A path allows visitors to walk along Pepper Creek.   The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek is hoping for a radically different summer this year than last. It had opened only six months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and its first summer was marked with mask and social distancing mandates, as cases rose and fell. Now, with relaxed mask …