Join the American Littoral Society and Upstream Alliance on May 11 or May 26 to learn more about the spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds of the Delaware Bay. Take part either through self-guided tours or via a free guided tours on the Delaware side of the bay.
The events, which will run from 3-10 p.m. on the dates above, are scheduled during peak time for horseshoe crab spawning and shorebird migration along the Delaware Bay.
From late April until early June, horseshoe crabs emerge by the thousands from the depths to lay eggs on the Delaware Bay's sandy beaches. At the same time, shorebirds flock to those beaches - many coming from a continent away - to gobble up the eggs.
The Delaware Bay is the epicenter of this confluence for the east coast. The meeting of these swarming crabs and famished birds is a fascinating and timeless ritual that pre-dates human habitation.
Both tours are covid-safe. There is no cost for attendance. You can participate in two ways:
These links should help inform your self-guided tour or provide us with useful feedback:
Suggested locations for self guided surveys (attached map with links):