Exclusive: Shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs of the Delaware Bayshore ~ Slaughter Beach, DE

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Sunday June 6

2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Sunday, June 6 from 2-4pm
Field trip meets at Dupont Nature Center, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Slaughter Beach, DE.
Led by: Judy Montgomery, Teacher-Naturalist and Birder
Notes: Participants should bring a snack, water and binoculars if you have them (you can borrow ours if you need to); plan to meet at location.  Directions and preparations will be sent after registration.

One of nature’s greatest spectacles takes place on the Delaware Bay in Spring…the world’s largest concentration of breeding horseshoe crabs, and the migratory birds that feed on them. Hundreds of thousands of ancient horseshoe crabs haul themselves on Bay beaches, literally covering the sand as they bury their clutches of tiny green eggs. Shorebirds migrate to the Bay from points south on their way to their arctic breeding grounds for a feeding frenzy of this nutrient-rich bonanza. This crab-bird phenomenon is a spectacular sight to see and has been taking place for millennia. We’ll get hands-on with the horseshoe crabs and conduct a “crab flipping activity” to save the ones that are stuck on the beach. Look for shorebirds, gulls, herons, eagles, and the wonderful birds of this protected area. 

Event Fee: $25 per person