Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Delaware wants frog lovers and volunteer naturalists

Want to help out in building the future of the State?

Delaware's Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) has a number of ways in which you can get involved in the health of the State's natural environnment.

One way is to review the Delaware Wildlife Action Plan Draft Document. The State is seeking comments on this plan by January 31st. As they note there:

Today, we are in the midst of preparing for wildlife conservation in the 21st century through new funds appropriated by Congress. Known as the State Wildlife Grants program, Congress challenged the states to demonstrate wildlife conservation needs in complete terms ? not just game, sport fish and endangered species, but comprehensive wildlife conservation: all species, all habitats. That?s why the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife along with all of the other states and provinces throughout the country are working on developing a Delaware Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP).

Your comments can make a difference.

If you would like a more hands-on approach to helping out, there are other ways to get involved.

A press release from DNREC is looking for volunteers for part of a nationwide citizen science project which involves people helping monitor frog distribution and populations.

Learn the calls of 13 types of frogs and complete three surveys between late February and June on a survey route that is convenient for you. Routes are available in Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties. A pre-season meeting for volunteers will be held Monday, Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna.

It is possible for teens to get involved in this program under certain circumstances, so if you know someone in high school who might be considering a career as a biologist, this might be something to bring to their attention.

DNREC is also offering Certified Citizen Naturalist Training Sessions, and also a chance for folks to help out in the restoration of a "rich woods" area near Smyrna this winter. So, if you feel like getting outdoors (pdf) with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife (part of DNREC), this seems like a pretty good chance to do so. That Certified Citizen Naturalist Training sounds like fun. These opportunities seem to be centered in the Smyrna area.

A Green Infrastructure project is also looking for involvement from the citizens of the State, and they offer a wide number of ways to get involved.

The front page of the DNREC site publishes about new initiatives and projects, and news about ongoing projects on a regular basis, including links to public meetings and a calendar of events.

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