Calling all horseshoe crab and shorebird enthusiasts to the decks of the S.S. Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve! Here is your chance to act like a DNERR scientist and do your part to help protect and conserve our horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds. As part of an effort to better understand how many horseshoe crabs exist in the Delaware Bay a spawning survey is coordinated between several groups in Delaware and New Jersey.
Here in Delaware DNERR is one of the organizations that take part in the surveys. We coordinate spawning surveys on three local beaches (Kitts Hummock, Ted Harvey, and North Bowers) sending trained volunteers out to collect data on our spawning horseshoe crabs. To get our volunteers ready to complete the important task of surveying the spawning crabs we offer trainings for both our returning and new volunteers. This year the trainings dates have been set for Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the St. Jones Reserve located south of Dover.
We hope you join us this year!
The DNERR Horseshoe Crab Survey Coordinators