DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife seeking great shots from Delaware hunters for annual photo contest

Digital entries accepted now through Jan. 31

DOVER – With hunting season in full swing, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters of its annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2019/2020 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, with the top five photographs presented inside the guide.

The contest is open to all Delaware residents, with a maximum of three entries per person. Photographs should be submitted digitally at Fish & Wildlife photo contest. Entries are being accepted now through Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for technically-suitable, well-composed photos that best portray this year’s contest theme of “Our Hunting Tradition.” To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware and depict lawful hunting activities.

Complete contest rules and information, entry forms, and instructions for uploading entries can be found at Fish & Wildlife photo contest. For more information, please contact Jennifer Childears at 302-739-9910 or email jennifer.childears@delaware.gov.

Follow the Division of Fish & Wildlife on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DelawareFishWildlife.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol.48, No. 310

DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation to host 4th annual ‘Boo-Que’ on Oct. 19-20 to benefit Delaware Children in Nature initiative

REHOBOTH BEACH – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the 4th annual “Boo-Que By the Sea,” a two-day barbeque cook-off competition and family festival beginning 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and continuing Saturday, Oct. 20 at Delaware Seashore State Park.

The Boo-Que is a three-part festival – a professional barbeque competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), a local BBQ pork competition hosted by La Vida Hospitality, and activities for the whole family on Friday and Saturday.

The event features a wide variety of family-friendly activities and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Delaware Children in Nature Endowment Fund, which affords opportunities for young people to participate in outdoor experiences.

KCBS is a competitive cooking organization and the world’s largest non-profit group of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, with more than 20,000 members worldwide. Every year, KCBS sanctions more than 450 barbeque contests worldwide, with the mission of recognizing it as “America’s Cuisine,” and “to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport, and art form.”

From 6–9 p.m. on Friday, join the Kansas City Barbeque Competitors for a spooky evening, with trick-or-treating, kids’ costume contest, and an opportunity for visitors to sample and select the “people’s choice award” winners for chicken wings. Craft beers will also be available on tap for adults.

From 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, come out for “everything BBQ,” with a professional and amateur BBQ Competition to see who will be crowned the champion. Twenty amateur & professional BBQ’ers will be cooking up their best pulled pork recipes and serving them up. It will be an event for the entire family with kids’ activities, live music by Sweet Leda, and food from area vendors.

For event details or to enter either the professional or local BBQ competitions please visit www.boo-bq.com/ .

For more information, contact Caroline Kane at 302-739-9185

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s Delaware Seashore State Park to host 38th annual Sandcastle Contest

DEWEY BEACH – For nearly 40 years, Delaware Seashore State Park has hosted an annual Sandcastle Contest, and it has become one of the park’s major events. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, some 30 teams – totaling around 100 visitors from in and out of state – are expected to participate.

The event is family-friendly. In addition to the sandcastle building action, hands-on, beach-themed activities will be offered for kids.

The Sandcastle Contest will take place at the South Inlet Day Area beach, near the bathhouse. Judging begins at 1 p.m. and prizes will be awarded shortly thereafter. The contest is free to enter, with park entry fees in effect. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, visit destateparks.com, or call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC invites public to vote online for finalists in first Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship invites the public to vote on finalists in the first Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest by visiting www.delawarewatersheds.org. The contest aims to share the beauty of Delaware’s diverse environment while acting as a vivid reminder that everything happening on land within the state’s watersheds also directly affects what happens in our waterways.

A watershed is all of the land that water moves across or under while flowing to a specific body of water. The contest was open to all photographers, with images from any of Delaware’s watersheds accepted as entries. Judges were looking for striking photographic images of Delaware’s landscapes, waterscapes, native plants, and native wildlife.

Contestants entered photographs in three categories:

  • Natural Landscapes and Waterscapes of Delaware – Photographs of any waterbodies such as streams, rivers, lakes, creeks, estuaries, bay, ocean, etc. or scenic landscapes in Delaware.
  • Native Wildlife of Delaware — pictures of native animals, birds, fish, insects, and amphibians.
  • Native Plants of Delaware – photos of native plants in any setting.

Online votes must be cast by Sunday, July 8. Contest judges determined the photographs that moved on to the online voting phase of the photo contest. Public voting will determine the top finalists in each category. Photography by contest finalists will be on display at the 2018 Delaware State Fair, and will be voted on by fairgoers to determine first, second and third-place winners. The three winners in each category will receive a DNREC Delaware State Parks annual pass for 2019. First-place winners in each category also will be recognized at the annual DNREC Awards ceremony on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair in July. Winning photographs also will appear in a future issue of Outdoor Delaware magazine.

For more information, please contact Phil Miller at phillip.miller@delaware.gov or 302-290-3578.

CONTACT: Philip Miller, Conservation Programs Section, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-290-3578.

Vol. 48, No. 174

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2018 Young Environmentalist Awards

DOVER – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders, and others to nominate these students for the 2018 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 22, 2018. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories:

  • Elementary (grades 1-4)
  • Middle School (grades 5-8)
  • High School (grades 9-12)

Pictured: 2017 High School Young Environmentalist of the Year Brandon Pike, of Middletown.

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have helped protect, restore or enhance of Delaware’s natural resources through one or more of the following means:

  • Demonstrating Environmental Stewardship
  • Initiating an Innovative Project
  • Increasing Public Awareness
  • Demonstrating Environmental Ethics

Winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Governor’s Day at the 2018 Delaware State Fair Thursday, July 26. Each category winner will receive a certificate, gift card and prize pack in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.

This is the 25th year for the Young Environmentalist awards program, which was established by colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. “Toby” Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.

Nominations may be submitted by U.S. mail to Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or by email to joanna.wilson@delaware.gov.

For more information, including nomination forms, please visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/Pages/YoungEnv.aspx, or contact Joanna Wilson at 302-739-9902 or email joanna.wilson@delaware.gov.

Vol. 48, No. 71

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902