May 18, 2018
May is American Wetlands Month, and it's perfect timing because everything is blooming and sprouting green. What a great time to shake away the winter and explore the outdoors- explore a wetland!

We've been busy this winter working on some interesting projects. This e-newsletter issue gives you the inside scoop from guest writers about research on marsh crabs and their burrows, and how environmental thermography is being used to study tidal wetland hydrology. This issue also introduces you to the new Delaware Watershed Resources Registry, and gives you an introduction to seasonal freshwater wetlands.

Be safe this Memorial Day and please take a moment to honor our fallen military. 

-Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program
DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship
Guest Writer: Kari St.Laurent, DNREC-Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

Have you even been to a salt marsh and noticed that the river banks at low tide look like Swiss cheese? Marsh crabs create burrows in various shapes and sizes in the sediment to serve... 
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naturalWatching the Tide Come In: Environmental Thermography Meets Tidal Wetland Hydrology
Guest Writer: Tom McKenna, Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware

Working in tidal wetlands, we all know to watch the tide both for safety, sampling, and science reasons. But what do we really know about how tidal wetlands are inundated? The dynamics of the ebbing and flooding tide...
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by Mark Biddle, DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program

In our everyday lives, we are always looking to find efficiency with our time and make tasks easier. If you were planning a project, how would you feel if 30-40 percent of pre-project planning was already done for you?... 
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by Erin Dorset, DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program

Are wetlands always wet?
In some ways, wetlands are self-explanatory: lands that are wet. But oftentimes, it's not so simple. Some wetlands are wet for the entire year and always have water on the surface or are very damp
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Jump to:
Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival
May 19
12 PM - 6 PM
Frankford, DE

Ocean Pines Bay Day
May 20
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Ocean Pines, MD

Living Shorelines Site Evaluation Training Workshop
May 24
9 AM - 3:30 PM
Rehoboth Beach, DE
June 5
10:30 AM - 12 PM
Legislative Hall
Dover, DE

September 15
Begins at 9 AM

September 15
Philadelphia, PA

Wetland related events can be submitted to Brittany.Haywood@state.de.us
Newsletters go out quarterly, and next issue will be released in September.
See results of a statewide wetland survey of landowners in Delaware

Property insurer partners with TNC to invest in coastal wetlands

Joke of the Day

Q: How can you identify a dogwood tree?

A: By its bark

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