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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


Blackbird Creek Reserve’s Oct. 18 fall festival
to celebrate Delaware’s outdoor treasures

TOWNSEND (Oct. 8, 2014) – Autumn’s vibrant foliage, the pristine waters and lush landscape of Blackbird Creek Reserve will be showcased 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The festival will be held, rain or shine, at the Blackbird Creek Reserve – 801 Blackbird Landing Road near Townsend – one of the most treasured natural areas in Delaware.

Held on the banks of beautiful Blackbird Creek, the festival will feature traditional crafts and demonstrations, hands-on learning, lively music and kids’ activities including crafts, free face painting and colonial-era games. Visitors are invited to browse the works of wildlife artisans and exhibitors, enjoy hay rides and guided hikes on the reserve, and check out demonstrations by a blacksmith, local Native Americans, and working retrievers.

Families also can explore the resources and heritage of the Delaware Bay through games, demonstrations, and challenges located throughout the festival as part of the “Thank You Delaware Bay Adventure,” with prizes for those who visit all the stations. Music will be provided by Delaware blues/folk-rock legend Crabmeat Thompson and Em McKeever, a “classical guitarist gone haywire,” who performs folk, fingerstyle guitar, nature-themed music the whole family will enjoy. Local food vendors will also be onsite to provide a variety of food and snacks for purchase.

“The festival is free and offers something for the entire family,” said Reserve Manager Kimberly Cole. “We encourage people to come and explore this scenic area – by foot and hayride – and enjoy the musical talents of Crabmeat Thompson and Em McKeever, who will entertain us on our festival stage. Bring a blanket or some chairs and join us for the day.”

For more information on the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, contact Kelly Valencik, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, 302-739-6377 or visit

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) was established in 1993 to promote the stewardship and understanding of Delaware’s coastal areas through science and education. DNERR is a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country. DNERR consists of two components, the Blackbird Creek Reserve near Townsend and the St. Jones Reserve south of Dover. Both include brackish and freshwater estuaries, and represent the diverse estuarine ecosystems found throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. On Sept. 28, 2013, DNERR celebrated its 20th anniversary and the federal/state partnership in advancing Delaware’s coastal and estuarine conservation, research and education.

For more information, visit, or check out DNERR’s Facebook and Twitter sites: and

DNERR’s Thank You Delaware Bay campaign celebrates the bay’s diverse resources and the delicate ecological balance between man and the bay, which provides food, jobs, recreational opportunities and the natural resources that make our region unique. For more information, visit

This event promotes DNREC’s Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information on the Bayshore Initiative, click Delaware Bayshore .

Vol. 44, No. 349
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