With summer just around the corner, beachnesting birds are in full breeding mode, with piping plover and American oystercatcher nests increasing their Delaware numbers and least terns making nest scrapes.
Fawning season for white-tailed deer has begun in Delaware, with the majority of fawns being born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year, during this time, well-meaning Delawareans make calls to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife because they think they’ve found “abandoned” fawns.
With summer just ahead, boaters soon will be heading out on the water, many of them for the first time over the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of boating season. DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to practice safe boating, not just over the big holiday weekend, but throughout the year.
To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 8-14 made 2,398 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 94 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks, issuing 16 citations.
With inland water temperatures rising and aquatic plants emerging, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will begin annual treatment of downstate public-access ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds this week. Ponds to be treated this year are Tubmill Pond near Milford, Wagamons Pond in Milton and Millsboro Pond.
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