With the 2013 Delaware Sea Grant and College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment online calendar, you can bring the beauty of Delaware's coastal resources to your computer screen. In addition to scenic wallpaper for each month, check out the list of notable dates as well as environmental facts, tips, and web links.
May – We (Heart) Horseshoe Crabs!
The horseshoe crab is Delaware’s official state marine animal. More closely related to spiders and scorpions than crabs, the horseshoe crab plays a very important role in Delaware Bay: Each spring, the eggs laid by female horseshoe crabs serve as food for shorebirds during their long migration from South and Central America to their Arctic breeding grounds. Many students at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment bear witness to the spectacle of horseshoe crab spawning as they collect data about the species’ population. Besides helping to train future scientists, horseshoe crabs assist humans in another way — their unique blue blood is used to test the safety of our medications. Want to learn more about this fascinating creature? Check out Delaware Sea Grant’s horseshoe crab model! Photo by Kathy Stachina
11 – International Migratory Bird Day – Hundreds of thousands of shorebirds migrate through the Delaware Bay region each year — more birds pass through there than anywhere else in the lower 48 states. Learn about the red knot, a shorebird facing serious population decline, by ordering one of our Delaware Bay bookmarks.
12 – Mother’s Day – A single female horseshoe crab can lay 90,000 or more eggs each year!
17 – Endangered Species Day – Today recognizes endangered wildlife such as the loggerhead sea turtle, which can be found during the summer and fall in Delaware Bay.
18 – Delaware Sea Grant turns 37 – Delaware Sea Grant works to improve our understanding of Delaware’s coastal environment through research, outreach, and education.
22 – International Day for Biological Diversity – Diverse wildlife indicates a healthy environment. Do your part to protect biodiversity by properly disposing of fishing line, nets, and plastic items, which can entangle or harm wildlife.
27 – Memorial Day – Protect yourself from lightning this summer. If you’re at the beach and a storm arises, listen to lifeguards’ warnings and don’t take chances; stay out of the water and seek shelter.
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Miss a month? Go to our 2013 wallpaper download archive.
Note: Once you have downloaded your wallpaper, you can fine-tune its appearance using your computer's desktop preferences menu (i.e. whether the image is centered, tiled, stretched to fit the screen, etc.).
Click on the link below the image of the month representing the size that you are interested in. This will open the image in its own window.
Step 2 For PC users:
1. Position your cursor over the image.
2. Click the right mouse button.
3. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer (v. 6.0 or higher), select "Set as Background" from the popup menu.
Step 2 For Mac users:
OSX: Drag the image onto your desktop.
Go to System Preferences and open the "Desktop & Screen Saver" icon.
Under the "Desktop" heading, use the file navigator to add the image to the library.
OS9: Drag the image onto your desktop.
Go to your Control Panel and select "Appearance."
Click "Set desktop" and choose your new image.