Where can you go to check out birding opportunities along the Delaware Bayshore, learn the facts about our vital wetlands and catch conservation classics such as “Lizards, Turtles and Snakes, Oh My!” and “Invasion of the Garlic Mustard”? These and more fun, interesting and educational videos can be found on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s YouTube channel, Delaware DNREC.
Last year, more than 13,000 viewers from as far away as India and Japan visited Delaware DNREC, which offers more than 50 videos, taking viewers from the unique steam car collection at Auburn Heights Preserve to the trails and pathways of Cape Henlopen State Park, and from the Delaware Bayshore to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and many of the First State’s great outdoors places in between. Most of these videos are written and produced in-house by the DNREC Office of Public Affairs.
Some, such as the “Garlic Mustard” video – about thwarting an invasive plant species – are long-time favorites. “Everybody Goes Home,” a brand-new video about lifeguarding opportunities on Delaware State Parks beaches, has found instant success. Other fun and educational pieces await discovery by a larger audience.
“If you haven’t explored Delaware DNREC, particularly of late, there’s news and videos to interest and inform a wide audience, from teachers and science students to historians and ecotourists to all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts,” said Carol Anders Riggs, Chief of DNREC Public Affairs.
Recommended views include:
- Wetlands 101: What Is a Wetland? – A lively, easy-to-follow look at what makes a wetland, great for natural science classrooms
- Septics 101 – See how various types of septic systems work and how modern septic design is minimizing the impact of pollutants released through these systems into our ground water and waterways
- Make-A-Splash – A preview of DNREC’s popular annual festival, which draws students from all over the state to learn about how water works
- The Old Country Church: Bethesda – A look at the restoration of one of Sussex County’s historic treasures
- Auburn Heights: The Collection – A tour of the Marshall mansion and Tom Marshall’s eco-friendly steam-powered automobiles from the early 20th century
- Birding the Bayshore – An interesting overview of Delaware’s winged residents and visitors, and where to watch them
- Delaware’s Bald Eagles – Learn about the recovery, habits and habitat of these once-endangered majestic birds
- There’s Water Buffalo at Brandywine Creek State Park – Meet Oliver and Dodger, two water buffalo who are aiding DNREC’s marsh restoration efforts through prescribed grazing
- Delaware Amphibian Monitoring Program – Join DAMP to track the health of Delaware’s toads and frogs, from spring peepers to pickerel frogs
- Cape Henlopen State Park Prescribed Burn: Goals, The Burn, Return to the Burn – A three-part look at how DNREC uses selective burning as a tool to maintain the dunes that protect the popular beach park
- Parks Picks: Fort Delaware State Park – A preview of one of Delaware’s most-visited parks, attracting history buffs, ghost hunters and birders among its thousands of annual visitors
Other video topics include trout stocking, fishing reports, trails and pathways, beach replenishment, water quality and more.
To view these and other DNREC videos on YouTube, click http://youtube.com/delawarednrec.
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