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As the tide turns…

Written on: May 14th, 2010 in ResearchSt. Jones ReserveStewardshipVolunteers

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!


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