Horseshoe Crab Festival 

Saturday, May 27, 9:00am
With American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area

Join us for a day of celebrating the annual arrival of the ancient horseshoe crabs to our local shores. During the full and new moons of May and June, these prehistoric animals, which date back approximately 400 million years, come ashore to mate.The females lay billions of eggs at the high tide line each season. At the same time, thousands of migrating shorebirds arrive in the northeast bays to feed on the eggs, regaining the body weight they lost during their long journey north. At the festival you’ll see and hold live horseshoe crabsand learn about their important ecological and medicinal values.

8:30am: Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for coffee and doughnuts
9am: Carpool to the horseshoe crab viewing site
11:30am: Return to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Noon: Lunch (bring lunch or drive to deli located in nearby Broad Channel)
1pm–3pm Talks by horseshoe crab experts and ranger-guided walks for children and general public

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