Sharing Experiences with Bay of Fundy Partners

Laura ChamberlinUncategorized

The world’s largest Semipalmated Sandpiper meets the world’s largest Red Knot. Ok, technically, the world’s largest Semipalmated Sandpiper and the world’s largest Red Knot don’t fly so they haven’t met, but their human stewards did. Four representatives from Nature Conservancy of Canada/Conservation de la nature Canada and the Village of Dorchester, New Brunswick, Canada joined us for May on the … Read More

Southbound Shorebirds

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With August coming to a close, Red Knots have already begun their long migration. The females were the first to get started as they departed when the eggs hatched in July. Males left a few weeks later after protecting chicks from predators, juveniles are not far behind. The southbound journey does require a little preparation, just as the northern journey does. … Read More

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

Student Artwork Shared Across North America

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Student Friendship Quilt Connects People Through Shorebirds A beautiful quilt will travel North America to foster shorebird awareness and inspire action. Celebrate Delaware Bay is honored to have student artwork from five schools included in this quilt. 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 … 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

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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

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