Horseshoe Crabs /
Each spring the Delaware estuary is the site of one of the world's most amazing natural spectacles.
Horseshoe crabs, creatures whose ancestors were alive before dinosaurs walked the earth, gather along the shallow edges of the Bay, propelled by the drive to mate. At the height of horseshoe crab egg-laying, birds arrive, tired and famished following non-stop flights from as far away as South America. For about two weeks individual birds feed non-stop, adding precious fat that will fuel one more flight.
Click on the links above to learn more about horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, and the local effort to protect them.