Eight Reasons to Love Ruddy Turnstones

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Male on the left, female on the right.

During May on the Delaware Bay, Ruddy Turnstones are one of the flashiest shorebirds, but they are still often overshadowed by the superstar, super migrant Red Knots. But this is the year for Ruddy Turnstones to shine, as it is American Birding Association’s Bird of the Year. That should be reason enough, but just in case you needed a few more … Read More

Calling Teachers: Join the Sign Project

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Student artwork tells the May on the Bay story And your students could be part of this exciting project! We are setting dates for presentations in Winter and early Spring NOW. If you have a classroom or youth group who would be interested in learning more about shorebirds,horseshoe crabs, and the Delaware Bay, sign up today. These signs will help … Read More

Red Knots Leave with Good Weight

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How was this year for the Red Knots? We get this question a lot. The short answer is that the Red Knots left the Bay with good average weights, though there were slightly fewer in number than in the previous two years. Other birds studied by the biologists on Delaware Bay like, Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Sandpipers, and Sanderlings; also departed … Read More


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#todossomosavesplayeras Shorebirds travel from pole to pole, relying on many sites along the way and touching the lives of many along the way. Here on the Delaware Bay, we have joined our partners from across the Hemisphere to connect people to shorebirds AND to people at each site. Currently there are over 30 organizations and communities participating, including beyond the … Read More

reTURN the Favor: Mid-Season Report

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Woo Hoo! We are a little over halfway through the 2016 reTURN the Favor season, and we are pleased to report that we have nearly doubled 2015’s totals for rescued crabs, with more rescue walks (includes data as of June 20th). Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers who braved rain, sun, and bugs to rescue crabs. They have continued to walk the … Read More

Students help to spread the word about the ‘Shorebird Rest Stop

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‘Birds Borrow the Beach’ ‘9,000 miles, I sure need a break’ ‘Shorebird Rest Stop’ ‘Please give me a hand’ These are just a few of the messages that students are using to create wildlife education signs to welcome our returning shorebirds and horseshoe crabs to Delaware Bay.  The signs have been placed along Bayshore beaches, reminding visitors that we share these … Read More

Eleven Years of Student Action for Shorebirds

Laura ChamberlinNews

Photo by Ron Smith

Half a million shorebirds, well, nearly half a million. All counted by high school students. For the past 11 years, Ron Smith, the Environmental Science teacher at Haddonfield Memorial High School, has taken students to North Brigantine beach to monitor shorebirds with New Jersey Audubon’s volunteer-based shorebird monitoring program. From late summer through fall, Mr. Smith and his students conduct … Read More

When and Where to See Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds

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Timing is everything with May on the Bay. When and where should I go to see red knots and horseshoe crabs? It’s one of our most common questions. We can never guarantee anything with wildlife, but we can help ensure visitors don’t experience an empty beach and are able to witness this phenomenon themselves. We also have tips for making sure … Read More