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November 2014

Desktop Calendar Wallpaper - November 2014

With the 2014 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.

Bombay Hook Duck

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Hooded Merganser

Hooded mergansers are small ducks commonly seen in the mid-Atlantic region year-round. During breeding season, they nest in cavities, such as holes in trees, and move to larger bodies of water in the winter. These small but mighty birds use their thin serrated bills to help them catch fish.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge makes an ideal habitat for the hooded merganser and other wild birds. Located in Smyrna, Delaware, the refuge is a vital stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds each spring and fall. In May, thousands of red knots, ruddy turnstones, sanderlings, and other shorebirds stop here to feast on horseshoe crab eggs before continuing their journey to their Latin American and Arctic breeding grounds.  The refuge also protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal marshes in the mid-Atlantic region. It consists of mostly marsh, but also includes freshwater impoundments and upland habitats that are managed for wildlife.

Delaware Sea Grant scientists support the management of our valuable coastal and marine resources. We are currently conducting research to quantify carbon accumulation and storage in coastal marshes. We are also developing cutting-edge computer simulation models of coastal marshes to describe and predict water and wave heights during tidal cycles and storm surges.

Photo by Doug Baker

2 – Daylight Saving Time ends – It’s time to fall back – set your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m.

11 – Veterans Day – Several observation towers at Cape Henlopen State Park still stand along Delaware’s Atlantic coast — quiet reminders of soldiers’ service in World War II.

15 – America Recycles Day –  A nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.  Did you know you can even recycle oyster shells

24 – Announcement of Francis Alison's “Free School” opening, 1743 – The University of Delaware traces its origin to this private academy, which received its collegiate charter from the state in 1833. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant institution.

27 – Thanksgiving – Culinary historians believe that much of the first Thanksgiving meal consisted of seafood. Mussels, lobster, bass, clams, and oysters may have been part of this feast. Today, oyster stuffing is a delicious addition to any plate and a popular Thanksgiving tradition.

30 – Atlantic Hurricane Season ends – How did your emergency preparations hold up? For tips to get your home ready for next year, download the Delaware Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.

Page Updated on October 31, 2014