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Monitoring Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebird Gathering with SoFo
June 11, 2014 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm$7
6/11/2014 · 7:45 pm – Wednesday
Pikes Beach, Westhampton Dunes
Leader: Gina Mulhearn and Mark Cappiello, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County, Horseshoe Crab Research Project assisted by Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator.
At Pike’s Beach in past years, from about mid-May to the first week of June, thousands of Horseshoe Crabs, as well as a variety of migrating birds (including Red Knots) gather at this beach. It’s an incredible sight to see – all the more so in the beautiful light of the setting sun. The horseshoe crabs are there to spawn, the birds to feed on their eggs and fuel themselves for their long migration journeys. But, due to human intervention, something is happening to this age-old process. 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 wildlife events.
SoFo events are free for members, $5 for child non-members and $7 for adult non-members. To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631.537.9735.