SLAUGHTER BEACH – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will host two programs Sept. 2 and 6 highlighting World Shorebirds Day, which takes place annually in September to celebrate shorebirds around the globe.
Each year on Sept. 6, World Shorebirds Day seeks to highlight the need to protect shorebirds and their habitats, raise public awareness about continued shorebird research, monitoring and conservation, and connect people with shorebirds through wetland sites around the world. DuPont Nature Center programs connecting Delaware to World Shorebirds Day are:
- Mispillion Harbor Shorebirds Presentation and Birding Trip, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2. Join DuPont Nature Center educators for a presentation about the most common shorebirds that visit Mispillion Harbor and the importance of the harbor to the success of their migration. Nature Center staff will also unveil a new shorebird exhibit with carvings by local artist Harold VanDyk, whose work offers a unique portrayal of species that visit Delaware. After the carvings are unveiled, DNREC biologists will lead a shorebird trip that begins at the DuPont Nature Center and ends at Slaughter Beach. The birding trip will focus on the shorebirds currently visiting Mispillion Harbor and surrounding area.
- Delaware Shorebirds Today, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6. Join DNREC Shorebird Biologist Audrey DeRose-Wilson for a presentation about the shorebirds that visit Delaware each year, identifying these species, their status, and the research conducted by the Division of Fish & Wildlife to monitor and protect these important migratory birds.
The DuPont Nature Center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, near Slaughter Beach, east of Milford. Hours of operation through the end of August are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays. For the month of September, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the center, call 302-422-1329 or visit DuPont Nature Center.
Contact: Lynne Pusey, DNREC DuPont Nature Center coordinator, 302-422-1329, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.