Wonder Woman for Horseshoe Crabs

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

Her cape is a bright yellow vest with reflective tape. Instead of large a ‘W’, she wears a t-shirt with a horseshoe crab. She finds the beaches that need her help and swoops in. She fights the elements— not rain, sun, piles of rubble, nor darkness can deter her. Her mission? To ensure that not a single crab is lost. This … Read More

A Challenging Year on the Delaware Bay

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

Nature has reminded us yet again that she is unpredictable. Cold weather and winds led erratic horseshoe crab spawning and low numbers of surface eggs for hungry migrating shorebirds. The horseshoe crabs were challenged further, even after spawning increased. High winds and high tides stranded tens of thousands of crabs, who would have died without volunteer rescue. Red Knot numbers … Read More

Mid-Season Update: More Crabs Rescued in 2017

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized


With a month of data still to come, the dedicated reTURN the Favor volunteers have rescued 79,727 crabs and conducted 447 walks. That’s more crabs then the 78,041 crabs that were rescued in all of 2016, and creeping close to the record number of walks from 2016: 520. With more volunteers trained in 2017 than ever before, it is no … Read More

International Shorebird Friendship Quilt

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized


Celebrate Delaware Bay is honored to have student artwork included in a beautiful and inspirational quilt that will travel North America. Twelve communities and 23 partner organizations across North America engaged youth to create artwork to be included in this shorebird friendship quilt. The quilt will travel across Canada, Mexico, and the United States to be displayed in participating communities … Read More

Eight Reasons to Love Ruddy Turnstones

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

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

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized


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

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized


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


Laura ChamberlinUncategorized


#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

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized


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