Citizen Science Program – Annual Horseshoe Crab Survey and Tagging with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)
Program Leaders Peconic Baykeeper and South Shore Estuary Reserve (SSER), assisted by Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Education Director
From mid-May to June, thousands of horseshoe crabs have gathered at Long Island’s bay beaches. It’s an incredible sight to see- made more so in the light of the full moon. The horseshoe crabs are there to bury their eggs in the sand; their eggs provide food for seabirds to fuel themselves on their long spring migration journeys north along the East coast of North America. The use of horseshoe crabs by humans for fishing bait and the harvesting of their blood for use in testing human medicines has an impact on the horseshoe crab population numbers. Data needs to be collected to document and assess the status of horseshoe crabs in our waters. You can help! Join SoFo and Cornell to assist in collecting information for this study, while you witness one of nature’s most amazing annual wildlife events.
This is a free program.
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