Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

  • Agency: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Address: 89 Kings Hwy SW, Dover, 19901 DE
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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is located at 89 Kings Hwy SW, Dover, 19901 DE. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control phone number is 302-739-9000.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control News

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host an open house for the public to learn about plans for the future of the Brandywine Zoo of the Delaware Zoological Society from 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the zoo’s Education Center, 1001 North Park Drive in Wilmington. The open house will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with zoo and Delaware State Parks staff to learn about upcoming plans for the zoo in its new master plan, which includes planning for the zoo over the next five to eight years.

If you are a student aged 12 through 15 with an interest in natural resources and law enforcement, we'd like to let you know DNREC's Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police have extended the application deadline for their 3rd Annual Youth Academies to June 15th. The Youth Academy is a five-day program that teaches boating safety, hunter safety, and how to protect our natural resources while looking to nurture the relationship between Delaware’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers and the community. Participants in the Youth Academy attend tuition-free.

#SundayThoughts: Oaks for warblers and vireos, cottonwoods for orioles, cherry and plum trees for tanagers... the native trees you plant can attract some of our most beautiful songbirds. H/T National Audubon Society

Who doesn’t love a nest cam, especially when there’s a new hatchling in the nest?

Today is the International Day of Biodiversity which is celebrating 25 years since it was started in 1993. To celebrate you can visit one of our local conservation areas, Delaware State Parks, protected forests, an aquarium, a museum, or the Brandywine Zoo of the Delaware Zoological Society. There are many places that you can go to learn more and experience biodiversity firsthand.

#SundayThoughts: California is going to require rooftop solar panels on most new houses and apartments starting in 2020, as part of it's new building standards. "The commission estimates the rules will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 493 million pounds of carbon per year. That's roughly equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road." California building industry trade groups had concerns, but did not oppose the standards.

#SundayThoughts: #Lyme disease is on the rise and #springtime is when we're most likely to be infected... "In the spring, tick nymphs — young versions that transmit most of the Lyme infections — are abundant. They're tiny, no bigger than a pinhead or poppy seed, and tend to hang out in or near wooded areas, in brush or tall grass." How do you prevent it? Be meticulous...

Heather shared these great photos of day old wood ducks exploring a seasonal pond near Townsend.

Don't forget to pre-order your #compost bin by May 26th! DNREC's Delaware Recycles program is offering these bins at 1/2 off to get you started #composting right! Pre-order yours today and pick it up June 2 at Fort DuPont State Park.

Don't forget to join DNREC's Delaware Fish & Wildlife Division at the Aquatic Resources Education Center near Smyrna on Saturday, May 12, for their Family Fishing Day!

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship invites #photographers to participate in the first Delaware Watersheds #Photo Contest, which aims to share the beauty of Delaware’s diverse environment while acting as a vivid reminder that everything that happens on land within the state’s watersheds also directly affects what’s happening in our waterways. There will be four contest categories: Natural Landscapes and Waterscapes of Delaware; Native Wildlife of Delaware; Native Plants of Delaware; and Protecting the Waterways of Delaware.

The Town of Magnolia, Delaware has become the 50th Delaware community to participate in the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship announced today – with flood insurance now available to all property owners in the town.

DNREC Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a Kent County man April 28 for multiple turkey hunting violations that occurred near Marydel.

DNREC’s Delaware Fish & Wildlife Division has announced that acreage will be made available for #InlandBays’ #shellfish #aquaculture lease starting later this month. Some acreage previously classified as “Pending” on the interactive Shellfish Aquaculture Development Area map will be updated starting May 10 to “Available.” This change comes after DNREC did not receive complete applications for these acres by a one-year deadline set by the Department that expired May 2.

#SundayThoughts: #Birders! Ever spotted a #bird that had you scratching your head saying, "What in the world is THAT?" Could be a hybrid, like this Baltimore and Bullock's Oriole hybrid. According the National Audubon Society, About 10 percent of the world’s avian species are known to have hybridized with another species. But why? Is it Romeo and Juliet syndrome, or something more complicated?

Planning on some spring cleanup this weekend? Take some time to make your yard less hospitable to mosquitoes. Our Delaware Fish & Wildlife Division has some handy tips to encourage the little devils to take up residence elsewhere...

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin joined Governor John Carney and Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) Secretary Michael Scuse in an #ArborDay event announcing the winners of the Arbor Day Poster Contest winners. This year’s theme: “Trees are terrific...and Perfect for Pollinators!” Congratulations to this year’s Arbor Day poster contest state winner, Amelia Meyer, a 5th grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville! Check out all the 2018 poster contest winners:

DNREC's First State Heritage Park is joining in the #OldDoverDays festivities this weekend, kicking things off tonight with a #FirstFriday Lantern Tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery. Check the link below for reservation information. Tours and activities will continue with Dover Days at the Heritage Park on Saturday at the Biggs Museum of American Art, Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State House and Woodburn. See you there!

Winding up #AirQuality Awareness Week, we want to remind you that you can make a difference to Delaware's air quality. In the course of our everyday activities, we as individuals are also a source of pollution. Driving vehicles, heating our homes, mowing our lawns - the list goes on. Check here for ways you can cut down on your pollution footprint: It's also the last day for the #TryItDayDE Try It Day Delaware Hashtag your Selfie Contest from the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware. Selfie yourself #telecommuting today! More at

DNREC's Delaware Fish & Wildlife is holding a training on Saturday, May 5, in Lewes for #volunteer beachnesting bird monitors. The training session will begin with a slideshow followed by a discussion on the monitoring program, and how volunteers can help to ensure that beachnesting shorebirds are not disturbed while rearing their chicks.

#AirQuality Awareness Week continues! Did you know our Division of Air Quality deploys a Moveable Air Monitoring Platform (MAMP)? The renovated passenger van is intended for short-term air quality studies in areas of concern that are not currently monitored through Delaware's Monitoring Network. The MAMP is equipped with instruments to monitor air pollutants and weather conditions. Your #TryItDayDE challenge for today? Try taking DART First State to your destination and grab selfie along the way! Details on the Try It Day Delaware Hashtag your Selfie Contest from the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware:

Today will be another #CodeOrange #AirQuality Action Day for Delaware! In addition, the US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly office has issued a Special Weather Statement detailing another day of enhanced fire threat in Delaware. The early season air quality event will continue today. Temperatures will reach into the upper 80s to low 90s °F under mostly sunny skies. Although rising humidity will promote a few more clouds compared to Wednesday, there should be plenty of sun for ozone formation. Vertical mixing will be a bit less compared to Wednesday, which will enhance ozone production, while surface winds will be comparable. The air mass in place will remain polluted, so we expect another day of Code Orange ozone conditions. Particles will remain at the low end of the Moderate range. For more information about the air quality alerts and what you can do to reduce air pollution, check out the following website: A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion. Any health related questions should be directed to the Delaware Division of Public Health - DPH at 302-739-6619. All other questions should be directed to the DNREC Division of Air Quality at 302-739-9402.

Next Saturday, May 12th, DNREC's Aquatic Resources Education Center will host ‘Go Fish Delaware!’ a family fishing festival, from 9am til 2pm. This free event aims to show kids and adults how much fun fishing can be and to encourage them to take up the sport as a regular outdoor activity. The festival will include basic fishing instruction for kids at the center’s two catch and release fishing ponds, as well as introductory lessons in fresh water fishing, fly fishing, surf fishing, and bass fishing for adult beginners who would like to learn the basics. The Aquatic Resources Education Center is a DNREC Delaware Fish & Wildlife Division facility located off Route 9 east of Smyrna. Admission is free and open to the public.

DNREC’s Delaware Fish & Wildlife Division reminds the public that Delaware’s bat population is on the move as the bats’ pupping season approaches – and that some bats might move into places where they may not be welcomed. The state is home to nine species of bats, all of which have begun their annual move from winter hibernation sites to their summer maternity colonies. The female bats return to their colonies pregnant and congregate to give birth and raise their pups. In Delaware, these colonies can often take up residence in barns, garages, attics and homes. The Division of Fish & Wildlife notes that while bats play an important role in our ecosystem, sometimes they can be unwanted visitors to residents’ homes and outbuildings. If you or someone you know has or has had bats roosting in an undesirable location, a bat exclusion from the building where the bats have taken up residence may be warranted. As the pupping season starts, it is crucial that bat exclusions be completed before May 15, when female bats start giving birth, in order to prevent trapping flightless young inside the building and permanently separating maternal bats from their pups, which cannot survive on their own. For a list of permitted Wildlife Control Operators who can conduct bat exclusions please visit To review the “Best Management Practices” for excluding bats, pages visit Fish & Wildlife’s Bat Program webpage and click Bats in Buildings.