Written on: January 27th, 2011 in Education & Outreach
Do you have an interest in environmental education? If so, there is a great opportunity to learn more about environmental education in the State of Delaware, take part in professional development, and network with people and organizations in the field of environmental outreach and education. Join the Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE) as they host their 2nd Annual Conference on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, Delaware. For more information about DAEE visit them on the web or click here for conference registration information.
Written on: January 19th, 2011 in Research
January 10, 2011
The week began with a trip to the hardware store to buy lumber and other accessories for the construction of Sediment Elevation Table (SET) boardwalks. (SETs are used to determine rates of accretion in a marsh) After the lumber was brought back to DNERR, we began building the boardwalks in the shed. We spent the day cutting, drilling and screwing all the pieces of wood together. The process of building the boardwalks is fairly simple, since they are not very large.
What is Green Eggs and Sand? It is an innovative workshop experience and curriculum designed to explore the unique relationship between horseshoe crabs (HSC) and shorebirds and their management issues along the Atlantic coast. This curriculum is designed for middle and high school level students and adults.
The 2011 Green Eggs and Sand Workshop dates are: April 15 – 17 in Savannah, GA; May 13 – 15 in Cape May County, NJ; and June 3 – 5 in Stony Brook, NY. For more information on Green Eggs and Sand and upcoming workshops click here.
~ There was a little bit of excitement/sadness here today at DNERR. One of the black vultures that had been hanging around here since early December was found dead under bushes near the offices.
~ Since I had worked as a wildlife rehabilitation intern for 2 years at Tri-state Bird Rescue and Research Inc., my curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to take a closer look to see how the black vulture may have died.
~ I came to the conclusion of “juvenile death,” since he was a young bird, underweight (from looking at his body condition), and the recent weather conditions have not been favorable for it to locate food. In order figure out more specific cause of death a few tests for disease would have been needed, but I was satisfied with my conclusion.
~ Besides the excitement from the black vulture, clay plugs that began drying on Monday were weighed and repackaged to be sent out for analysis of organic content.
~Processed core samples were also taken from DNERR to the University of Delaware campus in Lewes for analysis.
Have you heard that the Delaware Tourism Office has expanded the Delaware Geocaching Trail? What is geocaching? Great question! Geocaching is a technically advanced scavenger hunt using a global positioning system (gps) unit. Geocaching is a great way for families and individuals to explore the outdoors and learn more about various landmarks.
The trail is exciting for Reserve staff as the St. Jones Reserve is on the trail. Get outside and go on a geocache adventure by participating the the Delaware Geocaching Trail. All you need to know to get started is on the trail’s website. Enjoy the fun of geocaching!