Get the training you need to take part in the annual Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey.
Each spring, during the new and full moon evening high tides, volunteers count crabs on key beaches in Delaware and in New Jersey. The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) coordinates the survey on three Delaware Bay beaches. Volunteers are required to be trained in survey protocols before being able to participate in a survey.
During the training, volunteers learn how to conduct the survey, how to properly record data and how to distinguish between male and female horseshoe crabs. The training also highlights the results of horseshoe crab survey data from previous years and how it is being used. Participants who are interested in other Delaware Bay beaches not coordinated by the DNERR are welcome to attend the training and will be referred to the appropriate beach leader for further information.
The training session is two hours long. Pre-registration is required.
For more information, contact the DNERR at 302.739.6377.