To add variety to the blog and to offer a fresh perspective from our visitors, we are inviting guest bloggers to write posts describing their visits and thoughts while at the Reserve. Want to become involved yourself? This post is for you! Read on to see what DNERR has to offer and consider the possibilities of becoming involved with DNERR, as described by guest blogger M.L. Christmas. Enjoy! (Johanna Hripto, DNERR Assistant Education Coordinator & Blog Editor)
Consider the space: At the St. Jones Reserve, you are greeted by over 5,100 acres of outdoor wonders: tidal brackish-water and salt marshes; hiking trails; wetland restoration ponds; a visitor’s center providing hands-on interactive activities and exhibits; educational programs and volunteer opportunities; a native plant nursery; and of course a river runs through it: the St. Jones, on its way to the Delaware Bay.
Consider the space: At the Blackbird Creek Reserve, 1,180 acres await your exploration: hardwood and softwood trees; tidal and non-tidal wetlands and brackish marshes; wetland plants; the possibility of spotting river otters, bald eagles, osprey, wild turkeys, and great blue herons; and at the center of it all is Blackbird Creek, meandering to the Delaware River.
Consider the space: A crowd-sourced blog, hosted by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, reaching a worldwide audience of outdoors-minded adults and families, natural-science teachers and other professionals, school students, and even representatives of other Estuarine Research Reserves. (Did you know there are 29 Reserves across the U.S., including the new He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve in Hawaii, designated in 2017? A map of the NERR system can be found here.)
Consider the possibilities: When we say “THIS SPACE AVAILABLE: Insert Your Name Here!,” what we mean is not only that you should pay a visit to the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, or to one of the other Reserves in our system, but also please consider dropping us a line about your experiences, for possible posting.
All of these wide-open spaces — including those of this blog — are available to you! Feel free to canoe, hike, explore, experience. Then write about your adventures, add your personally captured photos, and submit your material to Johanna Hripto, DNERR Assistant Education Coordinator, at Johanna.Hripto@state.de.us.
Let us hear from you soon!
Text and photos by M.L. Christmas
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M.L. Christmas, MSM, is a freelance writer/editor living in the Dover area. She is a longtime member of Delaware Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.