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  Archived Posts From: 2010


Turkeys in the estuary

Written on: November 23rd, 2010 in St. Jones Reserve

As we prepare for our Thanksgiving celebration, we often think of turkeys!  But did you know that there are wild turkey here in Delaware?  In fact, years ago we  spotted a small flock of turkeys roaming the St.Jones Reserve.    They are beautiful birds, and, contrary to popular belief, they can fly!  Female turkeys (hens) tend to be less showy than the males (Toms or Gobblers).  In fact the male turkey is quite the site as he fans his tail feathers and struts like a king.   Be on the look out for Delaware’s wild turkeys around the woods and along the edges of farm fields.  For more information about turkey counts in Delaware read this article from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Adventures Along Our Coast

Written on: November 18th, 2010 in Education & Outreach

One of the Reserve’s more popular programs is our Coastal Heritage Driving Tour.  Have you ever wondered what Delaware’s bay beach communities were like years ago?  Rich with heritage, our Delaware Coast provides a living classroom where we can explore the culture and history that makes Delaware so interesting. The most recent tour brought us to the John Dickinson Plantation, the Allee House, a visit with an exceptional artist, Mary Putnam, the history of Collins Beach, and  a final stop in Port Penn.  Explore Delaware’s past and present by participating on a Coastal Heritage Driving Tour or on your own by visiting the numerous museums and natural areas along our coast.  It is truly an adventure!


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