Weather was perfect on Saturday, June 10, ensuring a wonderful time and magnificent conclusion to the Littoral Society's first-ever Sunset on the Bay at Fortescue Beach in Downe Township NJ.
Fortescue beach is home to one of the American Littoral Society’s restoration projects, which serves to keep sand on the beach and create ideal habitat for horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds.
The Delaware Bay is home to the largest population of spawning horseshoe crabs in the world, with their peak season coinciding with the event which will allow the community to come together and experience this spectacle that is sought after by many.
Those attending Sunset on the Bay, enjoyed entertainment from a local musician, along with food and refreshments, including beer from Tonewood Brewing and oysters from Cape May Salt Oyster Farms.
Folks also had a great time learning about the Society’s restoration projects, work with horseshoe crabs, and efforts to protect birds like the Red Knot. The Kids Zone was busy all night and seining was a big hit. As a result, we not only sold a lot of Littoral Society merchandise, but also gained nine family and two individual members.
We were also honored to be joined by Downe Township Mayor Robert Campbell and Samantha DeFransisco and her family. Sam is Recycling and Clean Communities Coordinator for The Authority of Cumberland County.
Congratulations to the Society's Delaware Bay team for putting together a wonderfully fun event! Also, many thanks to the event sponsors: The Authority of Cumberland County, NJ, OceanFirst Bank, and Cumberland Mutual.