Shorebirds, Horseshoe Crabs and Stewards…

Written by Larissa Smith/Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Shorebird Steward Liz Hermoso shows beach visitors a clump of horseshoe crab eggs on Cook’s beach. Image courtesy of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Shorebird Steward Liz Hermoso shows beach visitors a clump of horseshoe crab eggs on Cook’s beach. Image courtesy of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Once again migratory shorebirds, including the NJ endangered Red Knot, have returned to the Delaware Bay to feed on Horseshoe Crab eggs. This annual phenomenon brings people from around the world to the Delaware Bay beaches.
Beaches are closed during the migration from May 7th through June 7th to protect the shorebirds from disturbance when feeding. Just as the birds return each year so do volunteer Shorebird Stewards who educate the public about the beach closures, shorebirds and horseshoe crabs on nine beaches in Cape May and Cumberland County. Now is a great to come out to the beaches to view shorebirds and crabs and say “hi” to the stewards.
This year the hot spots for shorebirds in Cape May County are Reed’s, Cook’s and Kimble’s Beaches and Fortescue in Cumberland County.
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3 thoughts on “Shorebirds, Horseshoe Crabs and Stewards…

  1. Donna Bauerly

    I have read and re-read MOONBIRD, the story of B95 and wonder if he was seen this year? I thought I read that he was! Great book, great pictures–marvelous story of survival. The BEST to all.

      1. Donna Bauerly

        Thanks so much Gyorgy! The article you sent was even more informative than the one I googled! I joined this group because of Phillip Hoose’s wonderful story of B95, but I am learning so much more. I have been a bird watched for almost all of my life (all 78 years) and buy 50 lbs of black oil sunflower seed a WEEK! All year long. I also belong to and support a few wildlife groups. The BEST to all who help save our planet. Donna

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