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  Archived Posts From: 2010


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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Fun had by all at the Blackbird!

Written on: October 28th, 2010 in Blackbird Creek Events and ProgramsBlackbird Creek ReserveEducation & Outreach

This past Saturday, October 23, 2010, was a day filled with great fun in the outdoors.  Over 500 people attended the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival.  Enjoy viewing some of the photos from the days events which included hay rides, canoe trips, live music, guided hikes, demonstrations, vendors, exhibitors, and kids crafts and games!

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Delaware Coast Day 2010

Written on: October 7th, 2010 in Education & OutreachStewardship

Were you able to attend Coast Day in Lewes, Delaware this past Sunday?  If so, you may have seen the exhibit by Delaware Coastal Programs (DCP).  This year DCP unveiled the new sea level rise inundation mapping tool.  We were pleased to see so many people brave the weather and learn more about the Delaware coast.  If you didn’t make it this year, we encourage you to attend next year. Delaware’s Coast Day is typically held on the first Sunday in October.


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And the rain came down…

Written on: October 1st, 2010 in St. Jones Reserve

It certainly has been dry lately and the promise of rain was surely welcomed.  However, I’m not sure we wanted it all at once.  The Reserve received about 3.7 inches of rain over the past 24 hours.  Coastal flood warnings dominated the news and certainly understandable after driving along Delaware’s coast.  We often worry about coastal flooding during these extreme rain events but do we contemplate what it might be like in 100 years with the rise of sea levels? Is today’s storm tomorrow’s high tide line?  If you are interested in the potential effects of sea level rise, you may want to check out a new mapping tool developed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Delaware Coastal Programs Office:


The website is designed to help you visualize the potential impacts to your community by depicting 3 possible sea level rise scenarios.  What are the possible uses of these maps?

  • Assessing and planning land use and zoning ordinances to protect community resources while guiding new development;
  • Developing emergency management plans to prepare for natural disasters like nor’easters or tropical storms;
  • Protecting recreational areas like fishing spots, boating areas, parks, and cultural heritage locations;
  • Developing future plans for infrastructure such as roads, fire departments, schools, sewer systems, drinking water, etc.;
  • Managing agricultural practices to conserve working farm lands and protect irrigation sources;
  • Determining impacts to the economy such as changes to the business and tourism sectors;
  • Conserving wildlife, wetlands, beaches, and other natural resources, and;
  • Planning for coastal community resiliency by determining hazards and vulnerabilities.

For additional information on sea level rise visit the Delaware Coastal Programs-Sea Level Rise webpage.


Race for Our Rivers

Written on: September 22nd, 2010 in Blackbird Creek Events and ProgramsBlackbird Creek Reserve

The Reserve is pleased to announce  the Appoquinimink River Association’s Race for our Rivers 5K and Fun Walk to be held at the Blackbird Creek Reserve on October 23rd at 9am.  After enjoying the run, join us for the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival which will be a day of fun for the whole family.  Admission to the Festival is free!  Listen to the sounds of live bands including the Bog Turtle Band, 3Buds, Celtic Harvest, and Nice Like Dat.  Explore the Reserve by canoe, by foot, or by hay ride! There will be demonstrations by the DelBay Retriever Club and Dick “Quiet Thunder” Gilbert; in addition to, vendors, exhibitors, and kids crafts!  We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

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