The Blackbird Creek Reserve component of the DNERR is located in Townsend, Delaware and features several restoration projects including a living shoreline, native pollinator garden, native tree plots, and afforestation projects. With the help of volunteers, the DNERR has planted native trees to restore native coastal forest habitat and reconnect an important wildlife corridor. Over time, these planted tree saplings will grow and change this area from a managed meadow to young growth forest. Help us observe habitat succession by uploading your photo. Thank you for helping us observe the change over time.
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a partnership between the coastal states and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Currently, there are 29 reserves in this network including the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR). The DNERR’s state partner is the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control within the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy and has two components: the St. Jones and Blackbird Creek Reserves. The DNERR promotes effective stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems through education, outreach, partnerships and research.