It’s been a busy week here at the Reserve. The Seaford School District brought approximately 100 students and teachers to the Reserve to explore the estuary. Upon their arrival, they were greeted by a special guest speaker, Delaware’s Dept. of Education Secretary, Lillian Lowery. Secretary Lowery encouraged the students in their quest for knowledge this summer and fielded great questions from the inquisitive students. The students, from the Seaford School District, will be the first in Delaware to take part in Engineering is Elementary, a Science, Technology, Engineering an Mathematics or STEM-focused program. We were delighted to host the students, teachers, parents, and Secretary Lowery here at the Reserve. We hope they all enjoyed their experience in the estuary.
Written on: June 17th, 2011 in Stewardship
Tonight is the last night for the 2011 horseshoe crab spawning survey. We greatly appreciate those who have participated in this year’s survey and those who have helped in the past. The information from this survey is very valuable in policy making efforts. You are making a difference! Thank you, again!!! We look forward to you joining us next year. For information regarding the survey visit the Reserve webpage .
It’s been an interesting few days as Reserve staff have been participating in canoe instructor training. We have been practicing rescue techniques, canoeing strokes, safety skills, and teaching skills. It has been a great training and now more of our staff are certified canoe instructors with the American Canoeing Association. Thanks to Greg our instructor! If you are interested in canoeing certification explore the American Canoe Association website. If you are interested in canoe trips offered by the Reserve visit our Calendar of Events webpage. Be safe and happy canoeing!
Many communities along the Delaware Bay are aware that during this time of year horseshoe crabs leave their watery home to lay their eggs on the beaches of estuaries especially the Delaware Bay. As part of the on-going research here at the Reserve, Dr. Richard Weber is conducting horseshoe crab egg density studies to monitor the amount of these eggs available to migratory shorebirds for food. Many shorebirds including the famous Red Knots stop over in the Delaware Bay to re-fuel for their flight to their breeding grounds. This is an important resting site for these birds; and horseshoe crab eggs provide a great source of protein and fat for them to fuel the rest of their migration. For more information about shorebirds and the Delaware Shorebird Project visit the Division of Fish and Wildlife website. For information on horseshoe crabs visit the Delaware Sea Grant website.