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May 2015

Desktop Calendar Wallpaper - May 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.

horseshoe crabs

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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.

Horseshoe crabs are an ecologically and economically important species in the Delaware Estuary, which hosts the largest concentrations of these ancient creatures in the world.

During the high tides associated with the full and new moons of late May and early June, horseshoe crabs come ashore, by the thousands, onto the beaches of the Delaware Bay to spawn.  Their eggs are an important food source to small shorebirds, such as red knots, that stop in the Delaware Bay each spring migration to refuel for their journey to their Arctic breeding grounds.

Once harvested to be spread as fertilizer for Delaware’s extensive corn and soybean crops, horseshoe crabs are now used in biomedical applications, and as bait for regional eel and conch fisheries. After years of research, Delaware Sea Grant worked with partners to develop an alternative bait for these fisheries. The bait, which is now commercially available, serves as a sustainable option for commercial fishers while helping to protect horseshoe crab populations and the native species they support.

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

10 – 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.

15 – 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.

18 – Delaware Sea Grant turns 39 – Delaware Sea Grant works to improve our understanding of Delaware’s coastal environment through research, outreach, and education.

May 24-30 – National Hurricane Preparedness Week History 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 with our Delaware Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.

25 – 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.

Photo by Doug Baker

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 1, 2015