More Volunteers, More Leaders, More Walks.

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With over 30,000 horseshoe crabs rescued, the third year of reTURN the Favor was another success. Each spring, the largest concentration of horseshoe crabs on the Atlantic Coast, come up on the beaches in May and June to spawn. This behavior comes with its trade-offs, sometimes horseshoe crabs are turned over on their backs by rough waters or trapped in … Read More

Youth Signs for Delaware Bay Beaches in 2016

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‘Birds Borrow the Beach’, ‘Shorebird Pit Stop’, ‘Please give me a hand’. These are just a few of the messages that students used to create wildlife education signs. This year we worked with Wildwood Crest Memorial School’s Eco-Club and the 4th grade at D’ippolito Elementary School in Vineland to create wildlife education signs for New Jersey’s Bayshore beaches. Unfortunately, the … Read More

Stories from New Jersey’s Delaware Bay Shorebird Project

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

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If you have been following along with the Red Knot story through the years, you probably remember hearing about the numbers of Red Knots on the Bay, ‘flagged’ birds sighted on certain beaches, or even the percentage of birds who reach the ideal departure weight of 180 grams. But where does this information come from? In both, Delaware and New … Read More

A Shorebird Mother’s Day

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

Tomorrow is the second Sunday of the month of May, a day known as Mother’s Day in the United States and beyond. In the United States alone, we celebrate millions of people who serve everyday as mothers, making an untold number of sacrifices for their children. Note to self: Buy Mother’s Day gift and order flowers pronto. All species have … Read More

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Horseshoe Crabs

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

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How well do you know this crab that shares the Delaware Bay with us? Here’s a refresher as your prepare for your visit on the bay. 1. The horseshoe crab is not a crab. Horseshoe crabs are arthropods, but are not in the crustacean class like crabs. Instead, they are in their own class called Merostomata and are actually more … Read More

Finding Moonbird

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

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by Adriana Manchen, Delaware Bay Program Assistant and huge Red Knot fan B95! B95! B95! That is what I dream of hearing this spring on the Delaware Bay. No, I am not going to be playing BINGO on the bay. In fact, those of you that do play BINGO know that there is no such call in the game. I … Read More

Sing Along with the Delaware Bay Blues

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

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Spring is a reason to sing and here is the perfect song to hum as you dust off your binoculars. 'Delaware Bay Blues' is written and performed by Phil Hoose, author of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95.

Fall on the Bayshore

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

Winter has crept up on us. Autumn always starts off with pleasantly cool and crisp days, bright sunshine that highlights the color of the trees. But before we know it, November is here. The days are shorter and the cold is bitter. Winter is heavy in the air. I find myself longing for early autumn and back to a lovely ... Read More

Volunteers Make a Difference in NJ

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

When our volunteers save one of these horseshoe crabs, they are saving more than just that crab. They are saving a hungry shorebird too.

At least once a week in May and June, I led walks for reTURN the Favor on South Reeds Beach in New Jersey. I went out on solitary walks too, quiet nights under the moonlight. But the best days were when I had other volunteers with me. For some of these volunteers it was their first experience with rescuing horseshoe … Read More

Birds, Sea Level Rise, Action

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

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Climate change, sea level rise, extreme storms. We know the story pretty well. Two weeks ago, we were reminded again of the impacts to come. National Audubon Society released a report on Birds and Climate Change. It predicts that 314 birds, including 29 shorebirds are threatened by climate change. This leaves many of us feeling frustrated and little hopeless. Here … Read More