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DE Shorebird LogoEach spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds converge on the shores of the Delaware Bay. This breathtaking display is not seen anywhere else in the world. The Bay is a major rest stop for shorebirds that have traveled thousands of miles. They stop here for food – vast numbers of protein-packed horseshoe crab eggs. This provides the fuel they need to continue on their long journey to the Canadian Arctic.

A least sandpiper is reflected in the marsh

A least sandpiper is reflected in the marsh. Photo: Rob Robinson

Today, however, this amazing natural cycle is being disrupted. The numbers of migratory shorebirds stopping here are in serious decline.

The Delaware Shorebird Project involves a dedicated team of scientists, local volunteers, researchers and birders working to mitigate the threat to our shorebirds. Since 1997, they have researched the populations and health of migratory shorebirds. Their research is vital to an international network that supports and directs shorebird habitat protection and management plans. You can be a part of this important work, helping to preserve this awe-inspiring natural cycle. Find out more about the Delaware Shorebird Project, and how you can get involved. 

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Flock of red knots and ruddy turnstones

 Red knots and ruddy turnstones gather along the Delaware shoreline.
Photo: Rob Robinson


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To volunteer or for more information, contact Henrietta Bellman at
302-735-3612 or  

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