Volunteer to talk to visitors about the birds, horseshoe crabs, and other Delaware Bay resources during the peak seasons. Stewards can serve for 2-8 hours, and chose their preferred beach and day to serve.

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Wildlife Protection SignTelling others that you share the beach with shorebirds, horseshoe crabs, and wildlife is easy. It can help your neighbors join in the effort and encourage visitors to respect the area.

Signs will be made by local school students after they learn about the Delaware Bay ecosystem. They can be displayed in public spaces, businesses, or homes. They will help raise awareness and share an important conservation message.

To learn more contact Laura Chamberlin.

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Making a difference on the Delaware Bay is as easy as rescuing a stranded horseshoe crab. Horseshoe crabs often become stranded, overturned, or impinged behind natural and man-made structures and need a little help to get back to the Bay.

For Delaware beaches, go to Just flip ‘em!®.

For New Jersey beaches, go to reTURN the Favor for guidance on how to work on closed beaches, collect data, and participate in an event.

If you have a group that wants to volunteer, please contact us.

Consider adding a volunteer trip into your vacation plans.Many of our Bayshore Stewards and reTurn the Favor volunteers come from out of the area, using vacation time to take action.  Contact the project coordinators to learn about options for your visit.

Don’t forget to check our Resources for several tools for planning trips including finding other things to do, where to stay and eat, and other helpful tips.

Conservation starts with a better understanding of the horseshoe crab population. Volunteers are needed on New Jersey Bayshore beaches to tag horseshoe crabs and re-sight tagged crabs to collect additional data for the management of horseshoe crabs and habitat.

Through May and June, there will be six horseshoe crab tagging and tag re-sighting events on Fortescue and  Moore’s Beaches in Cumberland County; and on Reed’s, Cook’s, Kimble’s, and Pierce’s Point Beaches in Cape May County.

To Volunteer: Find an event or check out www.horseshoecrabtagging.org

Tips for Enjoying Beaches:

  • Keep your distance from feeding birds. They need every minute to feed.
  • Some beaches are closed during shorebird migration, to allow maximum feeding time.
  • Use designated viewing areas. Find a map at www.celebratedebay.org
  • Keep dogs leashed at all times. Just the sight of the dog, is a predator alarm for birds.
  • Please rescue overturned horseshoe crabs by putting them back on their feet. Do not lift by the tail.
  • Do not drive motorized vehicles on beach.

Your generous support of Celebrate Delaware Bay will be used for on-the-ground action projects on the Delaware Bay like horseshoe crab rescue, horseshoe crab survey, beach stewardship, and youth sign projects.

Make a donation.

Celebrate Delaware Bay is a project of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and Manomet, Inc.