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!
Peninsula Bird Watching
Despite its small size, Delaware encompasses six well-defined ecological regions.
This trail takes in all of them, showing their contrasts and providing an education in ecology even as it entertains with great birding.
Many of the trail’s 27 sites are along the coastline, where beaches, tidal flats, and marshes offer an exciting diversity of birds year-round.
Pale little piping plovers nest on the beaches, joined in spring and fall by busy flocks of other plovers and sandpipers, while migrating black terns, yellowlegs, stilts, and rails gather in the marshes.
In winter great flocks of snow geese and ducks shelter in these same wetlands, and their thundering flights at dawn are reason enough for a cold-weather visit.
If you can tear yourself away from the coast, Delaware’s interior has stunning meadows and forests with their own treasures.
The low hills along the state’s northwestern edge contain songbirds typical of more northerly climes, like the soft-voiced veery and the sharply patterned blue-winged warbler. Southern tier pine flats are enlivened by gangs of spunky little brown-headed nuthatches, which reach the northernmost edge of their range here.