State, bird group restore Del. shorebird habitat

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May 10, 2010 7:31:22 AM PDT
State officials are partnering with a bird habitat conversation group to restore wetlands in Delaware for shorebirds.

State Fish and Wildlife officials and the Delmarva Ornithological Society together will buy 52 acres of wetland near Mispillion Harbor next month. The state will restore the marsh and provide a roosting habitat for shorebirds.

Officials say the project is needed because Delaware Bay marshes that were once rich areas of roosting habitat are not as plentiful. That's because of changes in habitat and land use, sea level rise and the settling of marshes over time.

The society has raised thousands of dollars for shorebird habitat protection. This will be the organization's first joint land acquisition with the state.