Beachcombing program to be held at Delaware Seashore State Park

by Dave on July 10, 2009

Delaware Seashore State Park features miles of undeveloped Atlantic Ocean beach, and through its beachcombing program, offers an opportunity for visitors and area residents to stroll the shore with a naturalist to see and discuss life on the beach environment.

Those interested should meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 21st. The station is located in Delaware Seashore State Park on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet.

Before venturing on the beach, participants will discuss the importance of ocean beaches and view sample specimens of shells and other items commonly found at Delaware Seashore State Park.  Then, the group will venture to the beach and take a one-hour stroll along the sands with frequent stops to discuss findings.  Shells and various life forms will be identified and discussed.  Gulls, terns, and other shorebirds will be part of the discussion.  With luck, the group will see an osprey soaring overhead to go fishing in the ocean or returning to nesting areas in Rehoboth Bay.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather of the day and to wear sunscreen and shoes that can get wet.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.  Additional information on the beachcombing program can be obtained by calling the Indian River Lifesaving Station Museum at (302) 227-6991.

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