Get the training you need to take part in the annual Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey. This will be a virtual training event.
Pre-registration is required
Register for one of four training sessions to get connection information.
Training sessions are two hours long.
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.
All volunteers must attend a virtual training session, whether or not they have trained for the survey in the past. There are new COVID protocols.
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.
Participants must be at least 13 years old to participate in the survey. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Volunteers will be asked to complete a short quiz to assess their knowledge at the end of training.
For more information, contact the DNERR at 302-739-6377.