Staff Blog

Magic is in the Air at the James Farm Ecological Preserve

By Chris Bason, Executive Director I’m an early bird. No matter what I’ve done the night before, I’m up at 5:30 a.m. It’s a blessing and a curse. The curse is that I’m up at 5:30 a.m. … every morning! The blessing is that I have an hour or so to myself, and I usually […]

Ditching the Salt Marsh Ditches

by Marianne Walch, Ph.D. The Center for the Inland Bays sometimes receives questions about the straight, parallel ditches that are a prominent feature of many of our local saltmarshes. Who made them and why? Are they good or bad for the marsh? Salt Marshes Matter Salt marshes are important and highly productive coastal ecosystems that […]

Interning on the Bays: How My Experience with the Center Sparked a Passion!

By: Bryanna Lisiewski, Intern In 2016, during my senior year at Sussex Technical High School, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays allowed me to volunteer as an intern. This has created an array of wonderful opportunities and career-benefiting learning experiences as well as the development of some amazing friendships. The Center heavily relies on partnerships […]

Returning to the Forest

by Victoria Spice, Restoration Project Manager As the holidays come to an end and we are forced to fully embrace the winter months, warmer thoughts of spring are certainly welcome. Especially, when they involve creating 62 acres of habitat for spring migrating songbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators that flourish within the Inland Bays Watershed. This […]

The James Farm: A Look into the Past and a Tool for the Future

by: Angela Trenkle, CIB Volunteer Just off the beaten path and away from the hustle and bustle of Bethany Beach, lies a hidden oasis unknown to many of the tourists and locals that visit the shores of the Inland Bays: the James Farm Ecological Preserve. Whether you go for a stroll in the meadow or […]

Fall Fishing is Plentiful in the Inland Bays

by Roy Miller (Volunteer) Fall can be the best time of the year for fishing in Delaware’s Inland Bays. Falling temperatures trigger resident and migratory fishes to feed in earnest prior to either migration to the south or further offshore. Migratory forage (bait-size) fishes like striped and white mullet and juvenile Atlantic menhaden that have […]

For the Love of Trees

Years ago, it would be 90 degrees — sunny — the quintessential beach day…and you would find me and the neighborhood kids in the woods in our backyard. You see, I grew up locally in a development, but our house was located at the end of a cul-de-sac, and it had the largest, most exclusive […]

Flounder and Bluefish and Stripers – Oh my!

Each weekend, tons of boats descend on Indian River and Rehoboth Bays, targeting flounder, bluefish, stripers, and crabs. The inlet is fished almost constantly, with lures being thrown into eddies from sun up to sun down – and sometimes, from sun down to sun up! The Inland Bays are indeed a fishing destination for many […]

Where Do The Ospreys Go In The Fall?

A Guest Blog by Center volunteer, Jodi McLaughlin: I used to migrate between CA and PA. Life changed dramatically when I became a caregiver for my dad who was housebound most of each day. But l was blessed. Not only did I get to be with dad all day, we have a colony of 9 […]