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March Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 

Citizen Osprey Monitoring Project (COMP)
Juvenile Osprey - photo by Holly NiederriterVolunteer Orientation

Two orientations will be offered. Volunteers only need to attend one.

Saturday, March 7, 2015           1 - 2:30 p.m.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge auditorium
2591 Whitehall Neck Rd.
Smyrna, DE 19977
Directions to Bombay Hook NWR

Sunday, March 8, 2015           1 - 2:30 p.m.
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge auditorium
11978 Turkle Pond Rd.
Milton, DE 19968
Directions to Prime Hook NWR

Description: In recent years, Delaware has seen a rise in osprey nesting pairs. This species has come a long way from earlier declines and are making a comeback. With new nests being built every year, your help is needed to monitor osprey nests throughout the state. This information could not be collected each year without the help of volunteers! Volunteers are asked to observe nests at least every other week. Information collected by volunteers ranges from nest building in mid-March to departure of adults and juveniles in late summer. Volunteers will also be asked to note key milestones throughout the season.

Requirements: This is a great family project. A licensed motorized vehicle and a valid driver's license (or co-monitor with a valid driver's license) is required if your nest is not near your home. All persons under the age of 18 must provide a signed parental consent form.

Contact: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register for an orientation, contact Vickie Henderson at 302-735-8657 or Vickie.henderson@state.de.us

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DuPont Nature Center - Spring Cleanup DayDuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve
Saturday, March 14, 2015  

Location: DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve
                 2992 Lighthouse Rd.
                 Milford, DE 19963

Volunteer Shifts: 9 a.m. to Noon
                           12:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Description: The DuPont Nature Center in Milford is closed for the winter and will be re-opening to the public on April 1, 2015. During the month of March, Fish & Wildlife staff will be working to prepare the center and its exhibits for its April opening. Looking for a spring activity to shake off those winter doldrums? Join us for our volunteer cleanup day as we prep the center and the grounds for our spring visitors! Projects include replacing sandbags, weeding, exhibit and tank set-up, and cleaning the center and the surrounding grounds.

The day is broken up into two shifts - join us for one or both shifts, or just spend an hour!  

Requirements: Volunteers under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: For more information or to volunteer contact Dawn Webb at dawn.webb@state.de.us.  

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26th Annual Beach Grass Planting

Saturday, March 21, 2015
9 a.m. to Noon

Locations: Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Area and Lewes Beach

Description:   Each March since 1990, many dedicated volunteers have helped to build and protect Delaware’s sand dunes by planting Cape American beach grass on Delaware’s ocean and Delaware Bay beaches. Their efforts have been very successful in helping to re-establish the vegetation along our coastline. Our plan is to plant beach grass in various bare areas, to help stabilize existing dunes so that they may continue to grow.

To Register: Click Here!

Contact: For more information, please contact Jennifer Luoma at (302) 739-9921 or Jennifer.Luoma@state.de.us

 

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