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Laura Lee or Becky Webb, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175 or

Fort Delaware to present program on the Heronry on Pea Patch Island

DELAWARE CITY (June 28, 2012) – The Heronry on Pea Patch Island supports one of the largest populations of wading birds on the East Coast.  The staff at Fort Delaware State Park, located on Pea Patch Island, invites the public to join a special program featuring the heronry, The Care and Treatment of Pea Patch Heronry, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

Pea Patch Heronry is carefully monitored each year to determine the success of the nearly 3,000 nesting herons, egrets, and ibises. Visitors will meet Chris Bennett, a natural resources manager who monitors the heronry’s condition. From Bennett, visitors will learn about the heronry’s history, successes, and challenges facing this protected site. Prior to the program, Bennett will be on the Pea Patch Island Pier for bird watching beginning at 1:15 p.m.

The program is offered free of charge.  Access to Pea Patch Island is by ferry from either Delaware City or Fort Mott, New Jersey.  Ferry tickets cost $11 for adults, $6 for children 2 through 12 and $10 for seniors and Active Duty Military (with ID). Children under 2 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 visiting Tickets may only be reserved 24 hours in advance.

Vol. 42, No. 240

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