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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

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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

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

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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

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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