Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host
Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival May 16
SLAUGHTER BEACH (May 8, 2015) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will host its sixth-annual Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crabs Festival, celebrating the spring spectacle of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the center. Admission is free.
Festivities will feature children’s games, live music, food and a variety of fun and educational activities for everyone. The Bayshore Boogie BioQuiz, a series of Estuary Eco-Challenge stations for visitors of all ages, will be arrayed on the center’s grounds, with topics including Birding 101; Birds with Bracelets (shorebird banding); Sensation Station (a live touch tank); Hooray for Horseshoe Crabs; What Can I Eat With This Beak?; Fins, Scales and Fish Tales (Gyotaku fish printing); What Lives in a Shell?; and Cast and ID, where young anglers will improve their skills by learning to identify fish and cast a fishing rod.
Visitors also will have great viewing opportunities from the center’s large deck to check out horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds including federally-threatened red knots, which depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their 9,000-mile journey from South America to their Arctic breeding grounds. DNREC’s 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 a shuttle 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 & 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, DE 19963. Spring and summer hours from April 1 through Aug. 31 will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. September hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The center will close for the season at the end of the day Wednesday, Sept. 30, reopening in April 2016. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information about the Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival, or about the DuPont Nature Center and its programs, please call 302-422-1329. Also visit DuPont Nature Center, 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. 45, No. 139