Upcoming Events at Delaware Seashore State Park

by Dave on July 21, 2009

Shorebird Walk Monday, July 27th
The staff at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum invites you to enjoy a morning of birding at the beach! A park naturalist will be leading a Shorebird Walk on Monday, July 27th at 9:30 a.m. After a short talk about what kinds of birds inhabit the beach and bay environments of Delaware Seashore State Park, the group will stroll along the beach and bay side of the park with binoculars, field guides and a spotting scope. A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan, so bring your own if available. Various gull species, Osprey, Willets, Sanderlings, Grackles, Terns, and various Egrets and Herons are typical for this program. The program fee is $3 per person and pre-registration is not required. Sunscreen and bug repellant are highly recommended. It is also a good idea to wear shoes that can get muddy. Participants should meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, located 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach, and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

Beach Driving Clinic July 30th
Delaware Seashore State Park will be offering a free beach-driving clinic for prospective surf-fishers on Thursday, July 30th from 10 a.m. to noon. For the first-timer who’s not quite sure how to get started, or the rusty veteran who could use a refresher course, this clinic will prepare participants to drive safely and responsibly on Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches.

Join parks staff and enforcement as they go over the basics of safe and courteous beach driving. The program will outline park rules and licensing and equipment requirements, and will include tips and tricks to maximize your enjoyment of the sport. Participants will also be able to participate in a short practice drive on the beach, provided they have a valid surf tag on their vehicle. There is no cost for this program, and pre-registration is not required.

Participants will meet at the pavilion at Savages Ditch Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, just north of the Indian River Inlet on the bay side. For more information on this or other programs, please call the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 302-227-6991.

Breeches Buoy Demonstration August 1
The United States Life-Saving Service—a forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard—was established in the 1870s and was used to launch rescue missions and assist victims of shipwrecks along America’s coastline. For the fearless men employed in the service, the ‘breeches buoy’ system was the most technologically advanced as well as the safest method for retrieving passengers and cargo from stranded vessels.

Using a small cannon to fire a line out to a wreck pole (meant to simulate the mast of a stranded ship), staff will rig up a ‘breeches buoy’ system with which they can bring “shipwreck victims” safely back down to the ground. This is the very drill the surfmen of the Indian River Life-Saving Station would practice routinely on the same beaches over one hundred years ago.

Today, the Indian River Life-Saving Station in Delaware Seashore State Park is one of only three sites in the country which re-creates this rescue demonstration for the public. To witness this historical life-saving event for yourself, come to the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum which is located on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. The cost for this program (which includes a tour of the museum) is $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for youth (ages 6-12), $5.50 for seniors (age 62 and older), and free for children (ages 5 and under). Pre-registration is not necessary. For more information about this or other programs at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, call 302-227-6991.

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