Learn more about these remarkable animals, whose evolutionary history dates back to 450 million years! This is the time of year where adult female horseshoe crabs will begin to nest after spawning. Females will come onto shore during high tide, according to the New and Full Moon phases. Cornell Cooperative Extension has a Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network, which is a citizen science effort throughout the entire state, aimed to gather data for management and conservation purposes. We need your help in counting and tagging efforts to assess the status of these magnificent creatures!
We were given the opportunity to do a daytime event with our group. Brookhaven’s Environmental Educator, Nicole, will be taking us on a beach walk as she teaches us more about the life history, distribution, mating/nesting behavior of horseshoe crabs. We may also get to tag a few of them while we’re out there! We will be meeting at West Meadow Beach located on Trustees Road in Stony Brook.
WHAT TO BRING/FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS:
- Clothing: water resistant clothing/shoes comfortable for walking on the beach
- Water bottle