November 2018 - Great Blue Heron


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As the leaves fall from the trees and the colors recede, November can be a great time to view birds and other wildlife, like this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most common heron found in North America. These towering birds are usually found near coastlines, in marshes, ponds, and streams, where they hunt in the shallows for fish, frogs and crayfish.

November is also a good time to visit Delaware’s two National Wildlife Refuges, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook, to see geese and freshwater ducks, as this month is the peak of waterfowl migration in the area.

Notable Dates

6 — Election Day — Get out and vote!

11 — Veterans Day — Research studies and anecdotes have shown the outdoors can help those leaving the military transition to civilian life and heal from post-traumatic stress disorder. Join them outdoors on the last of the National Park Service’s free admission days for the year.

15 — America Recycles Day — A Keep America Beautiful initiative, America Recycles Day promotes and celebrates recycling.

22 — Thanksgiving

23 — Opt Outside — Four years ago, outdoor retailer REI closed its stores on Black Friday to encourage its employees and customers to skip the traditional shopping day and instead #OptOutside, which has quickly become a popular hashtag and movement. Visit their Opt Outside website for a tool to find a park or trail near you.

Mark Jolly-Van Bodegraven