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Bethany Nature Center to celebrate World Oceans Day

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, an annual observation to honor the world’s oceans and celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as Maryland blue crabs and marine animals kept as pets.

To show its appreciation of the world’s oceans — especially the Atlantic — the Bethany Beach Nature Center will celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 7.

Time for the talk: Expert says discuss sea level now, or lose land later

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Kenneth Kristl discusses sea level rise at a workshop held at the Inland Bays Foundation in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Kenneth Kristl discusses sea level rise at a workshop held at the Inland Bays Foundation in Bethany Beach.Delaware’s sea and the land it surrounds could change shape by the year 2100, which means now it the time to discuss legal ramifications. Law professor Kenneth Kristl led a workshop last week as part of an effort to start public conversation on how Delaware could develop a comprehensive sea-level rise strategy. The Inland Bays Foundation hosted him May 15 in Bethany Beach.

“The citizens of Delaware have to start thinking: Where do we want to put our effort? How do we want to spend our money?” Kristl said. “This is enormously complex and, yet, it has practical consequences for anybody that’s living along the coast.”

Kristl and students authored the report “Assessing the Legal Toolbox for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Delaware: Options and Challenges for Regulators, Policymakers, Property Owners and the Public.”

“It is a roadmap for how to confront some of the obstacles that exist in … sea-level rise adaptation.”

The book doesn’t recommend “Tool A” instead of Tool B,” but lays out the facts of existing policies and challenges. Kristl received a grant to write the 188-page report, begin public outreach and start the public conversation.

First, Kristl emphasized, sea-level rise is happening even if people don’t believe in overall climate change.

Public can offer input on master plan for James Farm

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will host a public workshop on Thursday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, to solicit community input on the development of a Master Plan for the James Farm Ecological Preserve (JFEP).

Flower and bake sale to support Indian River VFC

Those looking for last-minute treats for the mom in their lives can head out to the annual Mother’s Day Flower & Bake Sale fundraiser hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of Indian River Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, May 10, in Long Neck.

Gardeners by the Sea offer plant parents the chance to adopt hydrangeas

Those looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift need look no further. For the second year, Gardeners by the Sea will be holding their Adopt a Baby Hydrangea sale, this weekend.

Barefoot Gardeners plant sale is for green thumbs and sandy feet

Kids, or kids at heart, can get a last-minute gift for Mom, or let her choose, at the Barefoot Gardeners Garden Club annual plant sale, on Saturday, May 10, in Fenwick Island.

“There are quite a few small ones that people can get for Mother’s Day gifts. The plants are grown locally,” said Karen Dudley, chairperson of the event.

CIB to launch ‘Your Creek’ initiative at May 15 meeting

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will launch the “Your Creek” initiative at its May meeting, on Thursday, May 15, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the CIB office on Inlet Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, just north of Indian River Inlet Bridge, and the public is welcome to attend.

Yard sale to benefit marine mammal group

Donations sought for May 17 event

Yard sale shoppers never know what they might find at a sale, and sometimes that can even include the good feeling of having supported a good cause.

CIB to host 10th annual Native Plant Sale this weekend

This Saturday, the Center for the Inland Bays will hold its 10th Annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale.

On May 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve near Ocean View, the CIB will host five nurseries selling thousands of flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native to coastal Delaware.

Don’t be trashy: DSWA to host free waste collection May 3

Old floor wax. Copy machines without hope. Tax records from the late ’90s.

Spring cleaning can be like excavation, and a lot of that stuff needs to be tossed out properly. People can do that Saturday, May 3, at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s household hazardous waste collection day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CIB to host cocktail party to celebrate 10 years of native plants

The Center for the Inland Bays will hold a cocktail party on Friday, May 2, prior to their 10th annual Native Plant Sale.

“We have been doing the plant sale for 10 years now, and we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate that, as well as start celebrating for our 20th anniversary this year,” said Jenn Jones, development coordinator for the center.

South Bethany beautifies canal end for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, the South Bethany Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) landscaped a Town-owned canal end.

Park to let public build and fly a kite

Kite aficionados can enjoy a Saturday by the shore on April 26, designing, building and testing handmade kites. With the help from park staff, participants will build kites and use their imaginations to decorate one of their own. At the conclusion of the program, the group will head outside to send their finished products soaring over the coast of Delaware Seashore State Park.

Birding opportunity with naturalist offered at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering an informal birding program with a park naturalist on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. Open to seasoned birders, as well as beginners, the program focuses on the basic techniques and pointers necessary for a great birding experience at any time of year.

Geocaching program planned at Fresh Pond

Delaware Seashore State Park officials are inviting the public to experience geocaching at a program on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at Fresh Pond. Participants will work in teams using a GPS to locate containers known as caches. Each cache contains clues to a final secret location. The first team to find all the caches and reach the end wins a special prize.

Arbor Day Hike at Holts Landing State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting the public to celebrate Arbor Day with a hike along the Seahawk Trail at Holts Landing State Park on Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m. The guided hike will take participants through upland forest, past fresh ponds, around marshland and all the way to the Indian River Bay.

Introduction to Surf Fishing offered April 21 at park

Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting the public to an introductory course on surf fishing on Monday, April 21, at 11 a.m. The class will provide beginners with a foundation of the sport, including what equipment to use, current rules and regulations, fish identification and the opportunity to practice fishing.

Peninsula Golf & Country Club recognized for environmental excellence

The Peninsula Golf & Country Club has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

In the Garden: What’s dead in your bed?

Spring is here, and we look forward to all of the pleasures and beauty that spring will bring. However, before we forget this past winter, it is important to understand the long-term damage the winter weather has caused. We will be seeing the effects on plant health throughout the spring and summer. What can we expect, why and what can be done?

CIB urges restaurants ‘Don’t Chuck Your Shucks’

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Universal Recycling Grant & Loan Program, to launch “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks” — a program aiming to encourage people to recycle oyster shells for use in restoration projects on the Inland Bays.

Little Keepers program to be held Dec. 4 at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park officials are inviting children ages 3 to 5 and their parents to the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m., for the Little Keepers program. Each program features stories, crafts and other hands-on activities that explore various environmental and historical topics.

Water experts get crabby, competitive and certified

The people who manage our tap water and wastewater got to freshen up at the 2013 Water and Wastewater Operator’s Expo, presented Sept. 27 in Milford.

Botanical gardens sponsoring native plants presentation Oct. 19

Gregg Tepper will present “The Sensory Appeal of Native Plants” on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by the Southern Delaware Botanical Gardens.

Pining for the harvest: Tree farm offers benefits on paper and for environment

Though she’s been a farmer for more than a quarter of a century, Bessie Shockley has never produced crops for anyone to eat. But many people still use the end products of her farm every day. Shockley owns nearly 30 acres of tree farm located next door to Camp Barnes and the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge.

Lewes farmers’ market extends season through Nov. 23

This Saturday is the first Saturday for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market’s Fall Market. The market will continue its season with more than 20 vendors, through Saturday, Nov. 23, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. From 9 a.m. to noon, the market will be held in the parking lot of Richard Shields Elementary School, just off the corner of Sussex Drive and Savannah Road in Lewes.

Biden announces free shredding events

Lowe’s/BJ’s parking lot to host event Saturday

It’s a green weekend with trees and cleanup

This Saturday, people can give the environment a boost at two events: the Delaware Coastal Cleanup and a tree planting at a Millsboro nature refuge.

Markell signs inland bays aquaculture bill into law

Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 160, to permit shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

Seining the Bay programs planned at state parks

Delaware Seashore State Park will be holding a hands-on program for visitors next week, to allow them to discover what’s living in the waters of Rehoboth and Little Assawoman bays. Using seining nets, participants and park staff will venture into the calm and shallow bay water to catch and identify creatures.

Report: Delaware named a top state for solar energy

Delaware is among the states leading the nation in solar energy — ranked 7th per capita for cumulative solar installations and 5th per capita for solar installations in 2012 — according to the report, Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, released this week by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

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