Environmental ActivitiesFish Seining
The Center for Inland Bays (CIB) will be here at the Bay Beach during the summer season for fish seining session. All are welcome to join to see the results and lend a hand!
What is Seining & Why is it important?
Fish populations of the inshore areas of the inland bays have never been monitored on a long term basis. Seine sampling of Indian River, Rehoboth and Little Assawoman bays will be conducted to monitor the fish populations as indicators of the health of the Bays. Abundance indices will be generated for each species at each sampling site and the bays, overall. Monitoring the year to year variation in these indices will enable evaluation of population trends of the species and their health in the bays.
Inshore areas will be sampled with 30ft long and 4ft high seine nets pulled parallel to the shore by two persons. Fish will be contained in the bag located in the center of the net. They will be removed, identified, counted and measured. The information will be recorded along with water chemistry data. Any fishes which can’t be positively identified will be brought back to the CIB for collaborative identification.
The Inland bays will be divided into three sampling areas, Indian River/Rehoboth north side, Indian River/Rehoboth south and Little Assawoman Bays.
Bald Eagle Sightings
Bald eagles are on the rebound in Delaware, and many of you have most likely spotted the majestic predatory bird around the community. The Delaware News Journal and the Division of Fish & Wildlife are asking for your help! Both organizations are encouraging Delaware residents to report any bald eagle sightings.
How does one properly spot and report bald eagles? State Wildlife Biologist Kate Fleming recommends these tips for reporting sightings:
- Note the number of eagles observed, and whether each is an adult or juvenile. Adults display distinctive all-white heads and tails. Immature bald eagles have mostly brown heads and tails, often with white mottling on their breasts and bellies, as well as under the wings.
- Note what the eagle is doing. Is it flying or sitting? It is carrying something or eating on the ground? If the eagle is flying, note the direction of flight.
- Note the date, time, and your location, using the nearest towns, roads, intersections, addresses, or prominent landmarks.
The News Journal and delawareonline have started an online map marking the locations of bald eagle sightings in Delaware. If you've seen a bald eagle recently, click here and follow the directions to pin the location on the map.
To read the full story from The News Journal, click here.
Horseshoe Crab Counting
Horseshoe crab counting is sponsored by the Center for Inland Bays.
The Peninsula is one of six sites that conducts the annual horseshoe crab count throughout May and June during the full moon evening high tide cycles which are usually between 9:30pm and 1:30am. Kids are welcomed.
Golf Course Superintendent, Andy Ninnemann with Audubon Certification
We have specific criteria for becoming an Audubon Certified Sanctuary. Join Andy Ninnemann on a tour of the golf course and learn about our environmental standards right from the experts!
Keep an eye on Peninsula Club Notes for dates of future tours.