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

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Horseshoe Crabs

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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

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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

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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

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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