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May 2016

Desktop Calendar Wallpaper - May 2016

With the 2016 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 2016 Calendar

If you would like to download this wallpaper, it is available in different sizes.
Just choose a width:

Click here or scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the instructions on how to download the Wallpaper and set it as your Desktop Background.

Delaware’s Water Resources
Photo by Lisa Tossey

Whether you’re out kayaking the Brandywine River, listening to waves crash in Rehoboth Beach, or strolling by Broad Creek, water is an important resource that surrounds us in Delaware.

Delaware Sea Grant works with researchers and local communities to study and assess water quality and coastal health.

An ongoing project administered by our Marine Advisory Service is the Citizen Monitoring Program. Volunteers take water samples throughout our coastal watershed to measure certain water quality characteristics.

In addition, one of our current research projects  involves installing and maintaining equipment aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet. Sensors will allow UD researchers to study the relationships of nutrients, pH, and bay water acidification to explain and possibly predict Delaware Bay water quality shifts over time.

So next time you’re out and about, take a moment to appreciate the water resources in our great state. 

8 – Mother’s Day – Keep an eye out for some of Delaware’s native moms! Diamondback terrapins emerge from the bottom of local creeks and rivers to mate, nest, and bask in the sun on coastal dunes or narrow sandy beaches this month.

14 – International Migratory Bird DayDelaware Sea Grant researchers surveyed residents and birdwatchers in Delaware and New Jersey to find out how much they value shorebirds and conservation programs.

May 15-21 – National Hurricane Preparedness WeekHistory has shown that a lack of storm awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane’s impact. Prepare yourself by learning about storm surge and by downloading our Delaware Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.

18 – Delaware Sea Grant turns 40 – Delaware Sea Grant works to improve our understanding of Delaware’s coastal environment through research, outreach, and education. The National Sea Grant College Program turns 50 this year, too!

20 – Endangered Species Day – This day highlights endangered wildlife like the massive Atlantic sturgeon, which can grow up to 14 feet long and weigh 800 pounds! While it has been illegal to fish for it for more than a decade, officials recently declared it an endangered species.

30 – Memorial Day – Time to head to the beach! Delaware’s beaches are among the most pristine in the country, thanks in part to University of Delaware water quality testing efforts.  Before heading out, be sure to educate yourself on beach and rip-current safety.

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.).

Step 1 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.

Page Updated on May 3, 2016