Volunteers needed to help with horseshoe crab survey

Volunteers are needed to assist with the 2009 survey of the spawning horseshoe crab population in the Inland Bays.

On Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Inland Bays on Inlet Road, just north of Indian River Inlet Bridge, Dr. Doug Miller, associate professor of oceanography at the University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies, will present the findings of the 2008 Horseshoe Crab Survey conducted on Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay.

Following the presentation, there will be an organization meeting of volunteers for the survey to be conducted this spring. Miller plans to expand the survey to additional sites on both bays. The surveys will be conducted on the full and new moons in May and June.

Anyone interested in participating in the survey should plan to attend this meeting. A PowerPoint presentation on the “Importance of the Inland Bays Beaches as Horseshoe Crab Nesting Sites” is posted on the Center for the Inland Bays Web site, at www@inlandbays.org For more information contact Sally Boswell at (302) 226-8105 or at outreach@inlandbays.org.

The Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to promote the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays Watershed through habitat protection and restoration, science and research, education and outreach and public policy.