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Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Delaware’s Beachnesters

 
 
Delaware’s Beachnesters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 4, 1999
1. Delaware’s Beachnesters Marker
Inscription. Each spring, upon arrival from their Central and South American wintering grounds, Delaware beachnesters establish colonies and take part in courtship rituals. The birds lay their eggs in shallow nests scraped into the sand mostly between the dunes and the hightide mark. Within few hours of hatching, the chicks are able to run and swim. Feeding and brooding of the young is shared equally by both male and female beachnesters.

But many things interfere with successful breeding. Stormtides, excessive heat predators, domestic pets and human intruders often destroy nests. Disturbance of resting areas causes many adults to abandon their eggs and can prevent the proper nurturing of chicks.

Since individual colonies of beachnesters concentrate their efforts on only a few nesting sites a season, each breeding area is critical to the survival of a colony as a whole.

Be a friend to the beachnesters by respecting all fenced or posted areas for their protection.
 
Location. 38° 47.721′ N, 75° 5.516′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Post Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the point of Cape Henlopen State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles

Osprey platform image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 4, 1999
2. Osprey platform
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Osprey (here, next to this marker); The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen (a few steps from this marker); Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Quarantine Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); German Submarine at Cape Henlopen (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Great Dune (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); Standing Guard (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
 
Categories. Animals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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