We need your help before the much-anticipated return of horseshoe crabs and shorebirds!
Did you know the Delaware Bay supports the largest population of spawning horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) in the world?
One female horseshoe crab can lay close to 90,000 eggs each spring on the beaches of the Delaware Bay. The Red Knot, an endangered species of shorebird, times its migration to coincide with the Delaware Bay horseshoe crab spawning season. The Red Knot relies on the horseshoe crab eggs as an essential food source to refuel and continue their journey to the Arctic.
The American Littoral Society’s Delaware Bayshore team focuses on the restoration and protection of Delaware Bay beaches: essential habitat for horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, and more! To date, we have restored eight Delaware Bay Beaches, placed over 200,000 cubic yards of sand, removed 1,000s of tons of rubble, and engaged tens of thousands of people.
The Society's staff-supervised, volunteer horseshoe crab tagging program is one of the largest in the world and the largest in the United States. The data collected from this program helps scientists learn more about this fascinating species. Please consider a donation to help support our restoration and conservation work in the Delaware Bay region.
We are seeking $5,000 over the coming weeks to get ready for the much-anticipated return of horseshoe crabs and shorebirds this spring! Your urgent donation will support our work along the Bayshore.