Harp Seal Rescue at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes

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Members of the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute rescued a stranded harp seal earlier this week at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. According to MERR, the one-year-old female had a few minor injuries and was slightly underweight but alert. She had been eating a little bit of sand. If you encounter a seal resting…

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DNREC to Hold Managed Deer Hunt at Cape Henlopen State Park

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Next Tuesday and Wednesday, January 16th and 17th DNREC will close a section of Cape Henlopen State Park to accommodate a managed deer hunt. This managed hunt is open to anyone with a valid Delaware hunting license and a Delaware State Parks hunting permit (https://destateparks.com/Adventures/Hunting). There will be two sessions each day and open stands…

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DNREC Extends Ocean Lifeguard Coverage to Weekends in September

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The ocean swimming areas at Delaware State Parks are typically unguarded after Labor Day, but thanks to the significant growth of the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol under new leadership, more than 70 lifeguards were hired this year. As a result, DNREC will continue to have lifeguards at two of its four Delaware State Parks–ocean swimming…

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Water Quality Advisory – Herring Point Beach, Cape Henlopen State Park

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A water quality advisory has been issued for Herring Point Beach at Cape Henlopen State Park after bacterial results were above the recreational water quality standard. These bacteria most likely originate from wildlife sources and increased rainfall, waves or wildlife feeding near the surf (shorebirds, marine mammals or other warm blooded animals) can result in…

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Fort Miles Corporation Granted Tax-Exempt Status

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The Fort Miles Museum has received 501-C Status as a non-profit corporation under U.S. Tax law.The Fort Miles Museum at Cape Henlopen was incorporated last December to carry out a plan to expand its array of exhibits and improve facilities.Also in the future, a visitors center will be constructed in the historical area, and an…

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Funding Comes To Del. State Parks For Campground Upgrades

Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Tom Carper
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Campground upgrades are coming to several Delaware State Parks, thanks to funds from the American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Program.Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., Delaware Natural Resources Secretary Shawn Garvin as well as U.S. Economic Development Administration Regional Director Linda Cruz Carnall visited Cape Henlopen State Park to announce $3.2-million for enhancements to…

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Photos: Bidens Land in Cape Henlopen Wednesday Evening!

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He was about an hour ahead of schedule when Marine One, accompanied by two decoys, touched down on the parking lot at Gordons Pond around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Multiple agencies had secured the area earlier in the day in preparation for his visit. The Bidens took a short motorcade to their home which is within…

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Fishing Permits Are For Fishing, Not Beach Outings

Photo courtesy of DNREC / Cape Henlopen State Park
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A fishing permit does not mean a party permit on Delaware State Parks beaches… DNREC Natural Resources Police conducted a surf fishing enforcement event over the weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park, issuing citations for people who parked on the beach but were not actively engaged in surf fishing. Some people also received warnings for…

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Rescued Seal Pup Returns To The Ocean

Rehabbed seal Eloise is released in Assateague State Park | April 7, 2021 Courtesy of Theresa Keil, National Aquarium.”
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Eloise, a grey seal pup rescued at Cape Henlopen, has been released back into the ocean at Assateague State Park. The seal was rehabilitated at the National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center over 42 days. She was found to be malnourished and with a few cuts on her neck. Eliose was trained how to…

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Ailing Seal Pup Rescued by MERR at Cape Henlopen State Park

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The Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute responded to a very young gray seal pup on Friday, Feb. 12, near the great dune at Cape Henlopen State Park. The pup, who is only about 3 weeks old and still very small, was huddled up against the dune when she was spotted by a beach…

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2020 A Good Year For Piping Plover Population

Piping plover chick, 18 days old. Photo by Evangelin Von Boeckman.
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It was a productive summer at the Delaware beaches for nesting shorebirds. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources Thursday reported that 21 nesting pairs of piping plovers were monitored, and they produced about 51 fledglings. The small beach nesting birds are on Delaware’s state endangered list. The rate of fledglings, at 2.4 per pair of…

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Point At Cape Henlopen State Park Reopens

The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park
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The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a portion of ocean beach and dunes and a half-mile of bayshore, is reopening after being closed for six months to allow several species of shorebirds to flourish. The bayside beach at The Point will remain closed until October 1st as shorebirds prepare to migrate south for…

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Entangled Seal Rescued by MERR

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Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) responded to a gray seal pup onthe bayside of the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park on Tuesday, May 12. The seal wasentangled in gill netting, which was wrapped tightly around its neck. Although it couldstill breathe, the line of the netting was cutting deeply into the neck, splaying…

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