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Volunteers needed for annual horseshoe crab census

Apr 1, 2015

DNREC and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve need volunteers aged 13 and older to help count horseshoe crabs for their annual census.

Maggie Pletta, education coordinator at DNREC says the crews will go out this spring during the evening high tides in May when activity is at its peak.

“Participants go out with a meter-by-meter square quadrant and every 20 meters they’ll lay down the quadrant and they will count how many male and female horseshoe crabs are there, as well as if there are any that are tagged, write those down.”

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New Castle County Department of Special Services will conduct a unique managed deer hunt in North Wilmington in an attempt to control the local deer population.


Due to an overpopulation of deer in northern Delaware, the New Castle County Department of Special Services, along with the Delaware Master Hunters Certification Program, will send registered hunters into the park near the Sharpley and Edenridge neighborhoods in an attempt to lower the deer population.

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A year ago, University of Delaware and DNREC announced they would work to expand the state’s electric vehicle charging station network, but that network won't be ready until later this year.

So, what’s it like to take an electric car on a long trip in Delaware now -- before the network is in place? Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen followed a couple whose vacation plans involve taking their Nissan Leaf from the top of the state all the way down to the bottom.

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More than five years after the dunes near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge were first breached by waters from the Delaware Bay, a massive effort to restore the preserve and hold back rising seas from a vulnerable area of the southern Delaware coast is about to begin.

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A new report says parents and coaches still may not know when to seek emergency attention for kids who suffer head injuries or when it’s safe for them return to playing sports, despite increased media attention about concussions.

The study from Nemours found that almost 40 percent of coaches said they would do something other than removing a child from play and not allowing them back before they saw a doctor after a blow to the head.

Wilmington ranked as solar leader in the region

Mar 26, 2015

The First State’s largest city has more solar panels per capita than any other major city in the region according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

Wilmington ranks fifth for the amount of solar energy devices installed in the city per person in the US, according to Bret Fanshaw, the Solar Coordinator from Environment America - the organization behind the report.

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Delaware has now officially reported more cases of the flu this year than 2009-2010, when the state experienced an outbreak of the notorious “swine flu.”

The state Division of Public Health now says it has confirmed 2,309 cases of flu in Delaware. That’s more than the yearly total for the 2009-2010 season, which saw 2,247.

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  The Department of Health and Social Services held a conference on Wednesday focused on raising awareness and promoting resources for victims of traumatic experiences.


The “Trauma Matters” conference took place at Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus in Dover. 

Kent County remains the least healthy county in the First State, according to an annual study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The study examined 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet and exercise.

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Delaware’s faith-based institutions could now be eligible to participate in a new program to save on energy costs.

Earlier this month, the Sustainable Energy Utility and Delaware Interfaith Power and Light began a partnership to provide opportunities for the state’s religious communities to conserve energy use. Now, they’ve announced a new initiative, called “Faith Efficiencies,” which will allow eligible churches, synagogues, mosques and other institutions to receive energy audits, remediation and energy education resources.