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Courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.


This Memorial Day, people are flocking to beaches across America, but Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge won’t be one of them. 




Courtesy Delaware Fish and Wildlife

As spring turns into summer, it's the start of white-tailed deer fawning season. Each year Delaware's Division of Environmental Controls gets calls from people thinking they have found ‘abandoned’ fawns. More than likely the young deer aren't abandoned at all; their mothers are out foraging for food. 

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

A team from Middletown’s Everett Meredith Middle School is sending minnows into space.


They’re one of 11 teams whose experiment was selected to go into orbit as part of a national competition in which students design an experiment to test in Earth’s orbit.



Gary Cooke

Eleven pairs of piping plovers have been reported at Cape Henlopen State Park and Fowler Beach - a record for the First State.


City of Rehoboth Beach

Delaware has given Rehoboth Beach final approval for a project to empty its treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.



Courtesy of National Aquarium

‘Phil’ the harbor seal is continuing his recovery at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, aquarium staff says.



The state’s Department of Health and Social Services announced upgrades to its addiction outreach campaign Tuesday.

Courtesy of National Pesticide Information Center /

Two dozen red imported fire ants were found in a shipment of palm trees that arrived at a Sussex County nursery, and the state’s department of agriculture is working to exterminate the danger.



Care Predict

A new program in Milton is using GPS wrist watches to locate people with dementia who wander off.


Chris Bason / Delaware Center for the Inland Bays


Delaware’s shellfish farming program has seen a lot of changes since lawmakers approved its creation in 2013. And in December, the state took a major step toward finally launching the industry here this spring when it adopted a process to approve leases for areas available for farming.

Still, some people still felt their issues with the program hadn’t been fully heard.

A bill was recently introduced to ensure changes being made to Delaware’s shellfish farming program in Little Assawoman Bay to address nearby homeowner’s concerns are permanent. And Delaware Public Media science reporter Katie Peikes explains how these changes could affect the state’s aquaculture program in its infancy.