Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Public invited to help with bird survey in Delaware City on May 29
DELAWARE CITY (May 28, 2013) – Delaware State Park naturalists are asking the public to come to Battery Park in Delaware City on Wednesday, May 29 from 7 p.m. until dusk, to help conduct a survey of feeding patterns of the more than 2,000 nesting pairs of herons, egrets and ibises.
During the survey, participants will learn to identify the birds from the Pea Patch Island heronry, and help count every bird seen flying between the heronry and the feeding areas in Delaware. The survey is part of a larger effort that has been conducted for 10 years, tracking population trends on the island.
Participants will see many of the nine species actively nesting on the island in May, including five species of herons, and may also have an opportunity to spot local bald eagles and osprey. Binoculars and bug spray are suggested for this program, and all ages are welcome.
The Pea Patch Island Heronry has been continuously occupied since the 1960s. By the late 1980s, an estimated 12,000 pairs of birds nested on Pea Patch Island. In the late 1990s, the population declined precipitously. The population today is about 2,000 pairs of birds.
Battery Park is located at 45 Clinton Street in Delaware City. It is adjacent to the Fort Delaware boat dock. There is no cost to participate in the survey. More information about Fort Delaware and the other Delaware State Parks is available at destateparks.com
Vol. 43, No.219