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January 2015

Desktop Calendar Wallpaper - January 2015

With the 2015 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.

snowy owl

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.

January – Snowy Owl

It could easily be a scene out of Harry Potter: suddenly, daytime sightings of bright, white owls are reported throughout Delaware. But these snowy owls aren’t an act of fiction; their arrival in the region is called an irruption, resulting from an abundance of their native food being available the previous summer.

An increase in their food source (rodents called lemmings) leads to more juvenile owls being able to mature into adults. The resulting population boom pushes these large, stunning birds of prey south from their Arctic range in the winter.

Sites along the Delaware Bay provide the best chance of encountering these majestic creatures.  Delaware Sea Grant scientists support the management of our valuable coastal and marine resources, including water quality and habitat loss, which contributes to the overall survival of wildlife in Delaware and populations around the world.

Unlike other types of owls, snowy owls are diurnal, making it easier for birdwatchers to spot them as they hunt prey in the daylight hours. Last winter, thousands of people flocked to coastal locations throughout Delaware to take a peek at a single owl, bringing increased tourism to our coastal communities during the winter.  If you would like to try to spot a snowy owl, don’t miss these tips from DNREC.

Photo courtesy of Jim White, Delaware Nature Society

1 – New Year’s Day – Start your New Year out with a First Day Hike at one of Delaware’s nine state parks.  Increase your appreciation for the natural world all month with sunset yoga, winter hikes, and more presented by Delaware Nature Society.

5 – National Bird Day – Grab your binoculars and head out to catch a glimpse of your favorite songbird or even spot a snowy owl!

19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Honoring a dream to create justice and equality.

20 – Penguin Awareness Day – The University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment is currently conducting research using underwater robots to learn how penguins use their marine environment.

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 December 19, 2014