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October 2017

October DOS Monthly Meeting – “Horseshoe Crabs & Shorebirds”

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE 19707 United States
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Banded Red Knot and Horseshoe Crabs at Bower's Beach Delaware By Kelley Nunn

Horseshoe Crab Management and Population Trends in the Delaware Bay Region  with Jordan Zimmerman The Delaware Bay Region has a long history of Horseshoe Crab harvest, dating back centuries. Despite this lengthy history, formal coast-wide management of the species did not begin until 1998. Since 1998, management efforts have varied by state and have included emergency moratoria, license rescissions, harvest limits, and seasonal and area closures. In 2012 the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commissions established the adaptive resource management (ARM)…

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November 2017

The Mystery of Gulls & Terns

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bombay Hook NWR headquarters, 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd
Smyrna, DE United States
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Terns from the Delaware Museum of Natural History's avian skin collection. Photo credit Bruce Lance & Jean Woods

After a very well attended waterfowl workshop at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge last fall, we return again. This fall DOS will offer a Gull and Tern Identification Workshop in conjunction with the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) and hosted by Bombay Hook NWR.  Our intent is to offer workshop participants the opportunity to view, study and discuss the skins of a variety of gulls and terns one might see on the Delmarva Peninsula. The skins will include both…

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Augustine Wildlife Area

November 5 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Daylight Saving Time is over, so celebrate by sleeping in for an extra hour and then join DOS for a birding trip to the Augustine Wildlife Area. Check out the very popular Ashton Tract with it's fantastic  observation platform, and old favorites like Augustine Beach and the Green Tract. This half day trip will begin at Augustine Beach at Rte 9 South of Port Penn at 8AM and go until about noon. Target species will include newly arrived winter waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Please…

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November DOS Monthly Meeting – “Louisiana Waterthrushes As Unique Bioindicators”

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE 19707 United States
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Wednesday, Nov 15th “Louisiana Waterthrushes As Unique Bioindicators” with Terry Master

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Sea Watch l

November 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Long-tailed Ducks in flight

Join Anthony and Chris on the first of the season's Sea Watches to count seabirds migrating along Delaware's coast - collecting invaluable data while seeing thousands of migrating loons, gannets, grebes, sea ducks, gulls & terns. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI.  DE state park fees in effect. Meet at the Delaware Seashore State Park lot on the south side of Indian River Inlet along the ocean (Southeast Day…

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December 2017

Sea Watch ll

December 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Anthony and Chris to ID and document seabirds such as Northern Gannet, scoters, loons, gulls, & cormorants, plus find a rarity or two. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI. Half day. Meet at the Delaware Seashore State Park lot on the south side of Indian River Inlet along the ocean (Southeast Day Use Area) at 8AM.

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December DOS Monthly Meeting – “For DOS, By DOS”

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE 19707 United States
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Wednesday, Dec 20th “For DOS, By DOS” DOS Member Presentations

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January 2018

List Head Start 2018

January 6, 2018 @ 7:30 am
Park & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, 699-701 Middletown-Odessa Rd
Middletown, DE 19709 United States
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Are you a lister?  Join Frank Rohrbacher to get a jump start for 2018!  Visit various Delaware sites statewide in the race to find as many year birds as possible.  Full day. Meet Frank at the Park & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1 in Middletown, opposite Wawa at 7:30AM.

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Midwinter Bird Walk

January 17, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park, 1914 W Park Dr.
Wilmington, 19803 United States
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Come out and get to know some of the birds that are at home in the woods & fields during winter! Meet Sally O'Byrne at the Blue Ball Barn, near traffic circle on Rte. 141 at 8:30AM.

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Sea Watch lll

January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Long-tailed Ducks in flight

Photo of Long-tailed Ducks in flight by Anthony Gonzon Join Anthony and Chris to ID and document seabirds such as Northern Gannet, scoters, loons, gulls, & cormorants, plus find a rarity or two.  Check the forecast and dress appropriately. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach.  Portable toilets available at IRI. Half day. Delaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8AM - Noon  …

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