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On Thursday, April 16, the American Littoral Society expanded its oyster reef restoration project by placing 120 cubic yards of whelk shell within the shallow waters of Barnegat Bay off Good Luck Point in Berkeley Township, NJ. An ongoing effort to restore important habitats in the Bay, the project will introduce new innovations intended to increase its success in returning oysters to the Bay.

Read more: Effort to Restore Bay Includes New Innovative Approaches


We are fortunate to be a top 10 finalist in Solution Search's 
"Reducing Our Risk" contest, and we need your votes!I

In a (nut)seashell: American Littoral Society - Northeast Chapter - is competing for a monetary prize and national promotion in a contest of solutions to reduce risk of extreme weather.

Read more: Help support us with your vote!

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Written by: Dr. Larry Niles, LJ Niles Associates LLC, contracted by American Littoral Society to work on Delaware Bay Restoration projects.

We constructed our first oyster reef with the help of over 130 volunteers on Delaware Bay as part of our "Shell-a-Bration." On the day of the construction, a roaring northwesterly wind pounded Reed Beach highlighting the need for this research. The reef is modest by design, our goal is to create an experiment to help understand how reefs protect the beach, create sheltered water for breeding horseshoe crabs, and to find out if crabs can navigate past them to the beach. Joe Smith checked the reefs on Monday to determine the impact of the windy weekend assault and so far so good, the reefs held up.

Read more: Oyster Reef Construction and Steady Progress at Both Beaches


Did you know? Each spring New Jersey hosts the largest concentration of shorebirds in North America! From about the first week in May to the second week in June, the biggest gathering of horseshoe crabs in the world comes to Delaware Bay to spawn. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds arrive on the Bayshore to refuel on horseshoe crab eggs at a critical stopover during their migration. Delaware Bay is an extremely important area for a number of at-risk wildlife, including Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs. American Littoral Society and Conserve Wildlife Foundation are restoring this significant habitat in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Learn more about our restoration work on our newly created project website: www.RestoreNJBayshore.org.

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Fri May 08 @ 8:30AM -
Spring Migration Bird Walk
Sat May 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Sandy Hook Surf Fishing Clinic
Fri May 15 @ 6:00PM -
Horseshoe Crab Walk
Sat May 23 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Walk
Sat May 30 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM
Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruise
Tue Jun 02 @ 6:00PM -
Horseshoe Crab Walk
Fri Jun 05 @ 3:00PM - 04:00PM
Montauk Spring Weekend
Sat Jun 06 @ 3:00PM - 04:00PM
Montauk Spring Weekend
Sun Jun 07 @ 3:00PM - 04:00PM
Montauk Spring Weekend
Fri Jun 19 @ 9:30AM -
Coastal Naturalist Series