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Laura Lee or Wendy Minor, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941; or Wendy Minor,   

Fort Delaware’s new HeronCAM to debut

DELAWARE CITY (July 23, 2013) – Fort Delaware State Park will host a special program on Pea Patch Island’s nesting heronry on Saturday, July 27, at 2:30 p.m. The program, Care and Treatment of Pea Patch Heronry, includes a special advance preview of the remote HeronCAM installed in the nature preserve.

The program is led by naturalist Chris Bennett, who monitors the heronry each year to determine the success of its nearly 3,000 nesting birds. Chris will discuss the heronry’s history and successes, and the challenges facing the protected site. “In order to protect the nesting birds, people are prohibited from entering the area,” Bennett says. “But with the new HeronCAM, visitors will be able to watch bird behavior and nesting progress up close, for the first time ever.”  

Access to Pea Patch Island is by ferry from either Delaware City or Salem, New Jersey.  To attend the program, visitors should arrive no later than the 1:45 p.m. ferry.  Ferry tickets cost $11 for adults, $6 for children age two through 12, and $10 for seniors, military and veterans (with ID). Children under age two are admitted free of charge.

Reservations are suggested, but visitors may purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-987-2757 or by visiting Tickets may only be reserved 24 hours in advance

Vol. 43, No. 284

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