On May 21-23, 2010 at the Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, Delaware formal and informal educators from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York participated in the 24th Green Eggs & Sand (GE&S) teacher workshop to explore the Atlantic Coast horseshoe crab and shorebird phenomenon and the management issues regarding these species.
The workshop was coordinated by the GE&S team which includes representatives from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife (Aquatic Resources Education Center) and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve in conjunction with representatives from New Jersey’s Department for Environmental Protection, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and ANEW, Inc.
This year marked the 10th Anniversary of Green Eggs and Sand. As part of the workshop, a 10th anniversary celebration was held at the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve where numerous presenters, curriculum writers, and supporters of the curriculum were recognized. You can see lots of photos of the weekend on the Reserve’s facebook page.
May is one of the best times of the year in my opinion. Spring is in full force, flowers are blooming, the days are longer, the horseshoe crabs start coming ashore to spawn and the sounds of shorebirds can be heard up and down Delaware Bay. It was about ten years ago, when I saw first hand the thousands of shorebirds coming to the bay to feed on the horseshoe crab eggs. It was, and is, an amazing site that I encourage each of you to see.
In these parts you hear alot about the Red Knot that flies from the tip of South America to the Arctic to breed, and the Red Knot is a handsome bird, but I fell in love with the Dunlin. I don’t get out in the field as much these days, but I’m planning on getting out there soon before they all head north along their migration route. You should too and see what all of the fuss is about!
…as you venture to the Big Easy Wolf 3!
On May 5, the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Team Wolf 3 completed its 8-week project with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. During that time the 11 member team assisted with research and monitoring projects collecting information to be used by decision makers, provided educational programming to a wide variety of audiences, and implemented several stewardship projects such as invasive species removal and tree plantings. Some examples of what they worked on while they were here include:
– Removal of several acres of invasive species and over 2 tons of trash and debris at the Blackbird Creek Reserve
– Repair of boardwalk trail and construction of a rain garden at the St Jones Reserve
– Planted over 1,000 trees at the Blackbird and St Jones at multiple volunteer events
– Painted botanical murals and collected plant specimens for the Reserve’s Herbarium
– Assisted with research projects including radiometric coring of marshes and multiple education and outreach programs including Ag Day, Old Dover Days and the K-12 Estuarine Education Program.
Thank you for all of your hard work – We’ll miss you all!