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Welcome to Delaware’s Inland Bays





The Rehoboth, Indian River, and Little Assawoman Bays lie just behind a narrow spit of land in sight of the Atlantic Ocean. Our mission is to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays and their watershed.

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Do you have questions about the Delmarva’s chicken farming industry? Click to learn more about the Delmarva Land and Litter Collaborative’s new education efforts and other initiatives.

#LandAndLitter
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DE Center for the Inland Bays
This morning, some of our staff stopped to help an injured Common Loon on Inlet Road, Apparently, the loon mistook the pavement for water and tried to land on the road, injuring its feet and possibly its beak.

Center staff called for reinforcements. John from Division of Parks and Recreation ensured that the bird stayed put, while Jodi McLaughlin, a volunteer for Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. arrived and safely captured the bird. It will likely be transported to their rehabilitation facility. Ultimately, we hope it will be released back into the wild.

Common Loons breed on quiet, remote freshwater lakes of the northern U.S. and Canada. In winter and during migration, loons are often found on the estuaries and coastlines of the Delmarva region. Loons have legs positioned far back on their bodies, and solid bones. These adaptations make them powerful swimmers and exceptional divers, but also make it difficult for them to move on land and to take flight. They require large stretches of open water to act as a "runway" in order to become airborne. To take off, loons will make a long flapping run across the surface of a large water body. A loon might run 100-600 feet before it gains enough speed to take off. The loon on the road has no hope of gaining enough speed to take flight, given the loon's natural difficulty of walking on land.
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Looking for something to do tonight? Check out the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Lewes!
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DE Center for the Inland Bays
Watch our Andrew McGowan, Environmental Scientist for the Center, as he discusses with 47abc news the importance of Oyster Reef efforts in the Inland Bays.

https://www.wmdt.com/2019/11/artificial-oyster-reefs-show-early-signs-of-promise/
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
☀️Spectacular Sussex Sunset Sunday! 🌅

The Inland Bays Watershed residents are fortunate to witness some of the most spectacular sceneries just in their backyard. Let's share our excitement for our natural beauty with others.

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DE Center for the Inland Bays
COMING SOON❗️
🌱🌾Volunteer Wetland Planting🌾🌱

This summer, the Center was busy working with Sussex County and the Conservation District to construct this beautiful wetland in Frankford, DE.

Formerly leased by farmers from the County, this 20 acre parcel of land will be transformed into a wildlife oasis. Complete with two wetlands surrounded by native tree seedlings and pollinator meadows, there is habitat for everyone, not to mention water quality benefits for us two legged creatures.

Stay tuned for more details about upcoming volunteer opportunities!

 

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