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78 ,CAPE&apos;ISAZETTE, Friday, July 3 -- JIIy if, t998 Delaware, Conservancy announce shOrebird protection plan The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Nature Conservancy have announced the development of Delaware's first Shorebird Ambassador Program to promote shorebird conservation through on-the-ground education and management activities. Working with trained volunteers, the pro- gram's goal is to enhance viewers' enjoy- ment of this unique natural phenomenon while educating people on how they can minimize human disturbance during the peak spring migration period. The Delaware Bay shore serves as a criti- cal staging area for more than 1million mi- gratory shorebirds en route to their Arctic breeding grounds. Heralded by the full moon of spring, the Delaware Bay also is host to one of the world's most stunning phenomena of na- ture - spawning horseshoe crabs. Unparal- leled masses of horseshoe crabs emerge from the depths of the continental shelf to spawn on the bay's sandy beaches. Sometimes the shoreline is blackened with their sheer numbers. At exactly the same time, millions of migrating shorebirds converge along the Delaware Bay to make -one all-important pit stop to rest and refuel. Their principal source of replenishment is horseshoe crab eggs. The Comprehensive Management Plan for Shorebirds on the Delaware Bay was developed through a collaborative effort between public and private agencies in New Jersey and Delaware. This document identified a number of threats to shorebird conservation. One of the most immediate was the disturbance from people on the beaches. Human disturbances causes shorebirds to move away or fly off, thereby expending valuable energy reserves and reducing the amount of time they have to feed during their brief stopover. In order to address this threat, a strategy was developed that would employ trained volunteers at viewing platforms on key beaches along the bay shores. These volun- teers will serve as Shorebird Ambassadors teaching people how to view the birds and enjoy our beautiful shoreline without caus- ing a disturbance. Over the past two years, the Nature Con- servancy has worked in cooperation with the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife's Nongame Species Program to successfully implement disturbance reduc- ing measures. Recognizing that shorebird management must occur on both sides of the bay, Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Nongame and Endangered Species Pro- gram has initiated a similar program in Delaware with the Nature Conservancy. According to Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer, direc- tor of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife's Nongame and Endangered Species Program, "The spectacle of the shorebirds has captured the hearts and minds of many. Unfortunately, we also risk loving to death the very objects of our af- fection. The Shorebird Ambassador Pro- gram is an effort to help minimize human disturbances to the migratory shorebirds while enhancing viewing and education op- portunities." Volunteers began staffing five shorebird observation platforms at two locations along the Delaware Bay. Two platforms are located at Port Mahon near Little Creek and three platforms are at the Ted Harvey Conservation Area. Each weekend, throughout the peak mi- gration period, volunteers will greet bird watchers, help explain the shorebird phe- nomena, and promote responsible viewing platforms. The volunteers will also be directing peo- ple to other lesser known viewing sites and distributing educational brochures. One of Delaware's new shorebird volunteers, Re- nee Westich, said she hopes her efforts will "educate people about the shorebird migra- tion while helping them learn how to prop- erly view the birds and respect the impor- tance of responsible observation." Last year, researchers observed that Delaware experienced an unusually large proportion of the number of spawning horseshoe crabs on the Delaware Bay. This observation makes the importance Of this new program even greater now. Anyone interested in becoming a volun- teer with the Shorebird Ambassador Pro- gram, or those who would like more infor- mation on where the platforms are located, should call the Natural Conservancy at 302- 369-4144, or the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Nongame and Endangered Species Program at 302-653-2882. Keep .your cool the When temperatures and humidi- ty soar this summer, you can keep your cool the smart way. Just fol- low theseDelmarva Power tips which can help beat the heat and save people money on their ener- gy bills. Replace the air filter in the cooling system at least once a month. Some filters are permanent and just need to be washed, rinsed and dried. A dirty filter restricts the flow of air through the system and can cause the unit to operate ineffi- ciently. Keep the shades and blinds closed during the day to help keep the heat out of the home. Move furniture and boxes Oel Tech offers smart way: energy efficient tips from De marva Power To keep cooler without air conditioning, think about in- stalling a whole-house fan that pulls fresh air through the house. Make sure the attic is well ventilated. Rooms under poorly vented attics can be 10 degrees hotter than if the attic were well- FISHHOUSE & PRODUCE two-woman drama Travel back in time to the Gay 90s as two young brides meet on a verandah at a Chesapeake resort in the two-woman play, "Green Rocking Chairs," to be performed at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 18, at Delaware Technical & Communi- ty College. The performance fol- lows the two women's adventures through the Ragtime era, World War I, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression and the gathering storm of World War II. The time- less resort is the setting for sum- mer reunions where the friends share the loves, joys, sorrows and confidences of their lives. The play's author is Jeanne Frank, a well-known Eastern Shore writer and teacher, who recently pub- lished a book on Edgar Allan Poe. The performance will take place in the Arts & Science Center The- ater on the Owens campus. Ad- mission is $18 for Adult Plus+ members and $20 for the general public. 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