Brandywine Zoo pudu Haechan

Brandywine Zoo pudu Haechan dies after short illness

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

A South American deer called a pudu died Saturday after becoming sick the day before at the Brandywine Zoo. The pudu, named Haechan after a K-pop star, came to Delaware in December to mate with the Wilmington zoo’s female, named Clover, and sire offspring. After seeming lethargic Friday and getting worse during the day, Haechan was moved to the Animal …

DE State Parks

Delaware State Parks on track to set visitation record

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

After breaking attendance records in 2021, Delaware State Parks is on pace to set another visitor attendance mark by the end of 2022, DNREC announced Friday. In 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation had 47,250 active annual passes that allow daily entry into Delaware State Parks compared with 61,744 in 2021, a 31% increase. …

Plastic Bag

Here’s how to get a free reusable grocery bag Friday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

    Oh, we know. You barrel into the grocery store, pick up everything on your list and as you’re heading toward checkout, you remember you left your stack of reusable bags in the car. No matter. Practice makes perfect and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control staff wants to help you succeed. It’s handing out free …

Grenoble Place Crossing

Delaware Memorial Day dune crossing closures

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Multiple vehicle and pedestrian beach access points will be closed during Memorial Day weekend, DNREC announced Thursday. The drive-on and walk-on crossings sustained damage during a May 8 nor’easter. Unsafe drop-offs along the dunes where the crossings meet the beach necessitated the closures. Very little beach is available for drive-on surf fishing, even during low tide at the closed locations, …

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Offshore wind research to begin near DE Seashore State Park

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Visitors to Delaware Seashore State Park will see an increase in research activity in the coming months, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Monday. US Wind and Ørsted, two offshore wind energy development companies, will conduct research and collect data to determine the best paths forward for their offshore wind projects. Both companies plan to update and …

Sewer main break sends spill into Christina River

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Sewage flowed into the Christina River Wednesday when the weld on a pipe broke. Photo by Photo by Sourav Mishra/Pexels The New Castle County Department of Public Works on Wednesday a break in a sewer main that allowed wastewater to spill into the Nonesuch Creek and Christina River. The overflow occurred when the main ruptured near 419 Old Airport Road …

Surf fishing tags sell out hours after going on sale

Charlie Megginson Culture, Government, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Tuesday that Delaware standard surf fishing permits sold out just hours after going on sale. The announcement came after sales reached the cap of 17,000 standard tags issued for the 2022 calendar year. While no more standard surf fishing permits that allow fishing anytime will be sold until the 2023 season, …

Surf fishing tags, annual park passes go on sale in February

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Delaware’s surf-fishing permits go on sale in February.   The avidly sought Delaware State Parks surf fishing permits and state park annual passes go on sale next month. The surf fishing permits allow people who fish to drive on designated beaches and park there while fishing. They will be limited to 17,000 sold. The state again this year will sell …

Sledding on the dunes is against the rules

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Those caught trespassing in dune areas restricted to the public could face fines upward of $100 from the DNREC Natural Resource Police. (Photo courtesy of DNREC) In the state with the lowest mean elevation of all U.S. states, the dunes at Cape Henlopen and other beaches along Delaware’s Atlantic Coast might feel like mountains.  And when a snowstorm blows in, …

Yo, Bambi and friends: Firearm hunting season opens in January

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

A white-tailed doe. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service. Firearm deer hunting states in January, and the state is encouraging hunters to target does to help manage the size and quality of Delaware’s deer population, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Wednesday. Deer hunting is allowed on all Sundays through January 2022, using only those …