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April 2017

reTURN the Favor Training Workshop

April 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd
Stone Harbor, NJ United States
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Interested in leading reTURN the Favor walks in New Jersey this spring? Join us for a reTURN the Favor training workshop. The workshop will provide information on how to rescue stranded crabs by leading sanctioned reTURN the Favor walks on New Jersey’s beaches, abiding by closed beach and moratorium regulations during rescue walks. Participants will be provided with the materials they need to participate and learn how they can collect and submit data, contributing to management efforts. The workshop will also include a primer on…

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CLOSED: Volunteer Work Day at Fortescue Beach

April 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fortescue Beach, 346 New Jersey Ave
Fortescue , United States
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We are no longer accepting volunteers for this event. We hope you will join us on another event. In 2016, reTURN the Favor volunteers at Fortescue Beach highlighted several areas along the shoreline where crabs are getting caught in marine debris or in structures that have been compromised by storms or other damage. While many impingement hazards are challenging to solve, this one has a SOLUTION. We will need many hands to repair or remove these derelict structures. reTURN the Favor activities at…

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May 2017

reTURN the Favor Walk at Thompsons Beach

May 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thompson’s Beach, 163 Thompsons Beach
Maurice River, NJ United States
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Did you miss the Volunteer Training? Join us for this early season walk for in-the-field training. Horseshoe crabs frequently are stranded on their backs by rough waters or hazards during their high tide spawning and they need a little help to get back on their feet. Join us for a Beach Walk at Thompson's Beach to help rescue crabs while learning more about these unique creatures. reTURN the Favor is a collaborative effort that enables organized volunteer groups to save…

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Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival

May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd
Stone Harbor, NJ United States
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The Wetlands Institute is pleased to present our 4th Annual Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival. Join the Wetlands Institute and the Delaware Bay Shorebird Initiative for a festival that celebrates an amazing spectacle of nature – the shorebird migration and horseshoe crab spawning season. Children and guests of all ages can enjoy guided shorebird walks along our local beaches and salt marshes, guided viewings of shorebird and horseshoe crab interactions along the Delaware Bay, naturalist-led horseshoe crab night walks,…

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Peace, Love, and Horseshoe Crab Festival

May 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
DuPont Nature Center, 2992 Lighthouse Road
Milford, DE United States
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The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility, will host "Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crabs," its fifth-annual festival celebrating the spring spectacle of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th. Admission is free. The festivities will feature children’s games, live music, crafts and vendors, food and a variety of fun and educational activities for everyone. For the kids, a series of Estuary Eco-Challenge…

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Milton’s Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival

May 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Milton Memorial Park, Milton Memorial Park
Milton, DE United States
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This festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, long considered by many to be a natural wonder of Delaware Bay. Count yourself among the 1,500-plus visitors who annually enjoy: arts and crafts, as well as an art show boat rides down the Broadkill River canoe trips on Prime Hook Creek exhibits games great food music scavenger hunt trail walks at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge train rides for the kids and more This year will be the 12th annual event!…

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September 2017

Mispillion Harbor Shorebirds Presentation and Birding Trip

September 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
DuPont Nature Center, 2992 Lighthouse Road
Milford, DE United States
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DNREC Celebrates World Shorebirds Day Join DuPont Nature Center educators for a presentation about the most common shorebirds that visit the Mispillion Harbor and the importance of the harbor to the success of their migration. Nature Center staff will then unveil a new shorebird exhibit with carvings by local artist, Harold VanDyk. Mr. VanDyk’s shorebird carvings provide a unique and beautiful portrayal of common species that visit Delaware.  Following the unveiling of the shorebird carvings, DNREC biologists will lead a…

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World Shorebirds Day: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

September 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, 800 Great Creek Road
Galloway, NJ 08205 United States
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Celebrate Delaware Bay goes North! We are making a little trip to celebrate the 4th Annual World Shorebirds Day at another WHSRN site (and a few days early on September 3rd). The journey will be short as we will participate in this global counting event at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, NJ. A short distance north of the Delaware Bay on the Atlantic Coast, the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge provides critical habitat to resident, wintering, nesting, and…

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Delaware Shorebirds Today

September 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
DuPont Nature Center, 2992 Lighthouse Road
Milford, DE United States
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DNREC Celebrates Worlds Shorebirds Day Join DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Shorebird Biologist, Audrey DeRose-Wilson, for a presentation about the shorebirds that visit Delaware each year. During this presentation, visitors will learn about the identification and status of the most common species we see in Delaware as well as the research conducted by the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to monitor and protect these important migratory birds.

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October 2017

reTURN the Favor Volunteer Party

October 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd
Stone Harbor, NJ United States
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Let’s Celebrate! The work you do for New Jersey’s horseshoe crabs is amazing! Let’s get together in October and celebrate horseshoe crabs, our collective accomplishments, and talk about the season ahead of us in 2018. Come share stories from the beach and ideas for the upcoming season with fellow horseshoe crab volunteers and project organizers. When: Sunday, October 8, 2017, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Where: The Wetlands Institute 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd Stone Harbor, NJ 08247 Who:  Volunteers and…

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