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Horseshoe Crab Workshop

Come join Prof. Adam Rudman and undergraduate researchers of Sacred Heart University in a Horseshoe Crab Tagging Workshop.

It’s just about time for a local beach mating ritual that predates Frankie and Annette’s “Beach Blanket Bingo” by a couple hundred million years. In honor of the spring horseshoe crab mating migration, come learn about the ecology and biology of these horseshoe crabs that are more like spiders than crabs and discover first-hand how local scientists are able to track these fascinating “living fossils”.  The program starts at the Nature Center at East Beach and then will proceed to the beach. Wear comfortable clothing.

The horseshoe crabs on the East Coast may be declining as the animals are harvested for their valuable blood or ground up for use as bait in eel pots. Fewer horseshoe crabs would mean fewer horseshoe crab eggs, which are an important food source for migrating shorebirds. Thus, fewer horseshoe crabs could mean fewer birds on our coastline. The local census is establishing a baseline crab population and will reveal horseshoe crab migrations and any change in numbers.