In 2012, Hurricane Sandy decimated Delaware Bayshore beaches, destroying vital horseshoe crab spawning habitat and migratory shorebird feeding grounds. For a decade, the American Littoral Society has been working hard to restore these coastal habitats and ensure that the region has an ecologically healthy and resilient future. To date, we have restored seven beaches along Delaware Bay through dune grass plantings, sand replenishment, and the construction of eight oyster reefs.
Please consider a donation to help support our Beach Restoration program in the Delaware Bayshore region. Your gift will provide the much-needed resources to continue protecting and restoring vital horseshoe crab and shorebird habitat.
For the last eight years, American Littoral Society staff and almost 2,000 volunteers have been hard at work tagging nearly 27,000 horseshoe crabs on Delaware Bay beaches! By tagging and reporting re-sights of these ancient creatures, we hope to gain a better understanding of their movements both seasonally and annually so we can more effectively restore and protect their habitat. Your donation would also help support our Horseshoe Crab Tagging program in the Delaware Bayshore region. Your gift will provide the much-needed resources to continue our tagging work in the Spring of 2022 and beyond.
Each spring, thousands of shorebirds, including the Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone and Sanderling converge on Delaware Bay beaches to gorge on horseshoe crab eggs before continuing onto their nesting grounds in the Arctic Circle.
The American Littoral Society monitors the populations that return each year using aerial and ground surveys as well as capture, banding, and re-sighting techniques. The overall quality of the feeding grounds is also monitored by studying horseshoe crab egg density each year. The team is working hard to understand the intricate interactions of the species that rely on the Delaware Bayshore region so we can better protect these areas.
Your donation would help support our shorebird monitoring programs in the Delaware Bayshore region. Your gift will provide the much-needed resources to continue protecting and restoring vital horseshoe crab and shorebird habitat.