Free events planned at the Blackbird Creek Reserve and St. Jones Reserve on September 24
DOVER – Estuaries represent unique and vital natural systems that provide many benefits to people and animals, and Delaware has a place dedicated to estuary conservation, education and research – the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR). For National Estuaries Week, Sept. 17 to 24, DNERR will host a variety of special events dedicated to getting the public more involved with this amazing resource.
“Estuaries give back to our community in so many ways, including improving the quality of our water and reducing floods,” said DNERR Education Coordinator Maggie Pletta. “But estuaries do even more than that. Our estuary is an ‘outdoor classroom,’ providing opportunities to learn and have fun in a natural environment. That’s what we want to showcase during Estuaries Week.”
The public is invited to celebrate the Delaware Bay on National Estuaries Day Saturday, Sept. 24 with special events starting at 9 a.m. at DNERR’s St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, DE 19901; and Blackbird Reserve, 801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend, DE 19734. Events include:
At the St. Jones Reserve:
At the Blackbird Creek Reserve:
To preregister for these events, and for more information, visit the DNERR National Estuaries Day web page.
About DNERR and estuaries
Estuaries are defined as ecosystems along the oceans where freshwater and saltwater mix to create wetlands, bays, lagoons, sounds, or sloughs. These ecosystems are not only home to unique plant and animal habitats, but they provide communities with food, recreation, jobs, and coastal protection. Of the 32 largest cities in the world, 22 are located on estuaries.
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a national system of reserves that protects more than 1.3 million acres of coastal land and water. Each of the 28 sites receives support from NOAA and local partners. The research and environmental monitoring performed at each reserve plays an important role in protecting environmental health, both locally and nationally. Visit DNERR on the web at de.gov/dnerr, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
This project is part of DNREC’s Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.
This project also is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.
Media Contact: Melanie Rapp or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Vol. 46, No. 341
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