Did you know that in May, the Delaware Bay hosts hundreds of thousands of spawning horseshoe crabs and several hundred thousand migrating shorebirds, including the threatened Red Knot?
Eggs laid by the horseshoe crabs provide valuable nutrients for the birds as they complete their annual migration to the Arctic. This unique relationship between shorebirds and horseshoe crabs occurs only on the Delaware Bay.
Jean Woods, Ph.D., Curator of Birds
DMNH Curator of Birds Jean Woods, Ph.D. has collected valuable information about the shorebirds for the past 16 years, revealing larger ecosystem impacts in our area and beyond as part of the Delaware Shorebird Project’s annual study of this natural phenomenon.
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