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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Desktop Calendar Wallpaper - August 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.


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.

August – Beach Safety

Delaware boasts some of the most beautiful beaches with the cleanest water in the country. Whether beachgoers are boogie boarding, swimming, or simply soaking up rays, beach safety is an important part of enjoying a day by the ocean. Researchers from Delaware Sea Grant and Beebe Medical Center recently found that beach injuries are surprisingly common. Each year, hundreds of swimmers playing along the shore are hurt when hit by waves and slammed into the sand. Researchers are working to better understand why these injuries happen. They are analyzing water conditions, swimmer demographics and other factors to look for trends. Their findings could help inform beach patrols of high-risk days and prevent future injuries.

Following these recommendations can prevent many beach injuries:

  • Swim at beaches with lifeguards and talk to them about conditions for the day
  • Never turn your back on the waves; many injuries occur when swimmers were knocked to the bottom by waves hitting them as they attempt to leave the water.

Rip currents, powerful currents of water that flow away from shore, can carry unsuspecting swimmers into deeper water. The best protection against them is prevention: learn to swim, never swim alone, and always swim at lifeguard-protected beaches. Learn more about how to spot a rip current and what to do if you get caught in one here.

4 – US Coast Guard Day – U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. Celebrate today by learning more about the responsibilities and functions of this branch of our nation’s military service.

11-14 – Nights of the shooting stars – The Perseid meteor showers arrive in mid-August and maximum activity is expected these evenings. To catch the show, retreat from the glare of city lights and head to the best place to look to the sky: the beach!

24 – Summer winds down for students – Many Delaware students will have to wave goodbye to the beach and return to school this week. Teachers can gear up for their return to the classroom with our online education resources.

28 – The Dutch claim Delaware Bay – During his quest to find a passage to the Pacific Ocean in 1609, Henry Hudson sailed into Delaware Bay and claimed it for the Dutch on this day in 1609. Unlike Delaware Sea Grant scientists, Hudson may not have given much thought to the chemical and physical properties of the bay.

Photo by Lisa Tossey

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 July 30, 2015