‘reTURN the Favor’ walk planned to rescue horseshoe crabs

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reTURN the Favor reTURN the Favor KIMBLES BEACH - With the weather turning and the temperature rising, the annual spawn of the horseshoe crab is just weeks away. This year, the public can see the crabs up close and do them a favor at the same time, when they join the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. at Kimbles Beach for a program about horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, and the importance of the Delaware Bay to their survival.

Horseshoe crabs are an iconic piece of the Delaware Bay ecosystem. In recent years, however, overharvesting and habitat degradation has caused the population to drop, according to organizers. To make matters worse, they said in a statement about the event, crabs die every year on New Jersey beaches when they're overturned by rough waves or stuck on rocks and other hazards.

But the public can help. Join the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge for a “reTURN the Favor” walk at Kimbles Beach to get crabs back on their feet and save their lives.  Rescuing a horseshoe crab is easy for all ages. Participants will learn about the ecological connections between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, as well as their importance to the local economy, human health, and Delaware Bay history.

Delaware Bay beaches serve as the spawning ground for the largest concentration of this species that has been on earth for over 420 million years. The crab is important to both the pharmaceutical and fishing industries rely on the adult crabs, and migratory shorebirds rely on their eggs to fuel their migration from South America to the Arctic.

WHEN: May 4, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Kimbles Beach

The workshop will provide background on horseshoe crab conservation concerns and information on how to save stranded crabs, join sanctioned reTURN the Favor walks on New Jersey’s closed beaches, record and submit data, and abide by closed beach and moratorium regulations during rescue walks.

For more information, call 609-513-9349 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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