DuPont and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) partnered to develop an interpretive center located at the mouth of the Mispillion River in Milford, DE. The aptly named DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve officially opened to the public on May 23, 2007, providing visitors with an optimum viewing location for the intersection of Red Knot migration and horseshoe crab spawning.
Experience and learn about horseshoe crabs, migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, and the Delaware Estuary at the DuPont Nature Center, owned and operated by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.
See clips from the Center’s opening in May of 2007:
Read an excerpt from the press release marking the launch of the DuPont Nature Center on May 23, 2007:
DuPont Executive Vice President Ellen J. Kullman today joined Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary John Hughes at the grand opening of the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a $2.1 million wildlife observatory and interpretive center on the Delaware Bay.
As part of its Clear into the Future® initiative, DuPont contributed $550,000 to DNREC for interpretive displays and other renovations at the center. DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife operates the state-owned facility.
Kullman said DuPont hopes its contribution will help encourage a deeper public appreciation of the Delaware Estuary’s natural beauty and ecological diversity.
“The DuPont Nature Center is a place where people from our state and beyond can become more aware of the role we all play in preserving the environment,” she said. “By offering the public an intimate view of this vibrant ecosystem, the nature center can ignite passion for environmental stewardship on the river and the bay.”
The DuPont Nature Center is located at the edge of a harbor where the Mispillion River empties into the Delaware Bay. Each year, thousands of horseshoe crabs mate and lay millions of eggs on beaches visible from the DuPont Nature Center’s observation deck. The eggs are a food source for migratory shore birds, including the remarkable red knot, which stops at the Delaware Bay each spring on its 20,000-mile flight from Tierra del Fuego (South America’s southernmost tip) to its summer nesting grounds in the arctic.
In addition to an observation deck with views of the harbor, bay, and nearby beaches, the DuPont Nature Center features a tank containing live, juvenile horseshoe crabs; Delaware Bay natural history displays; an exhibit devoted to the history of the Mispillion Lighthouse; bird identification panels; shorebird exhibits; an interactive station; and monitors with live camera feeds from nearby breeding grounds.