Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to hold
‘Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crabs’ festival on May 17
SLAUGHTER BEACH (May 9, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility, will host “Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crabs,” its fifth-annual festival celebrating the spring spectacle of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the center. Admission is free.
The festivities will feature children’s games, live music, crafts and vendors, food and a variety of fun and educational activities for everyone. For the kids, a series of Estuary Eco-Challenge stations will be set up on the grounds, with topics including Birding 101; Birds with Bracelets (shorebird banding); Sensation Station (a live-touch tank); Horseshoe Crab Part Smarts; What Can I Eat With This Beak?; Amazing Oysters; and Map Your Mammals. Fish Lips to Tail Tips, a casting activity, will provide fun for families while teaching them about fishing.
Visitors also will have great viewing opportunities from the center’s large deck to check out migrating shorebirds including the Red Knot, which depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their 9,000-mile journey from South America to their Arctic breeding grounds. Delaware Shorebird Project Team members will be on hand to identify the array of wildlife along the shoreline surrounding the center, including shorebirds.
Parking will be available at the public boat ramp, with shuttles running to the center throughout the day. The festival will be held rain or shine.
Perched on the edge of Mispillion Harbor at the intersection of the mouths of the Mispillion River and Cedar Creek, the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s DuPont Nature Center regularly offers a variety of interactive exhibits, school tours and educational programs. The center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford. Hours through Aug. 26 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed to the general public Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information about “Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crabs,” or about the DuPont Nature Center and its programs, please call 302-422-1329. Also visit http://www.dupontnaturecenter.org/, or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DelawareFishWildlife.
The DuPont Nature Center is a focal point of the Delaware Bayshore, and is part of DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.
Vol. 44, No. 152