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Horseshoe Crabs Support Wildlife Along Delaware Bay

June 7, 2014
By ROBERT M. UNGERER (rmungerer@windstream.net)

In late May this year I spent two days watching shorebirds feeding along the beaches of Delaware Bay during their migration from the tip of South America, Brazil and the Texas coast on their way to the Arctic tundra. One shorebird, a sandpiper called the red knot, is known to fly 9,000 miles enroute. Delaware Bay, bounded on the west by Delaware and New Jersey on the east provides the final feeding site to refuel and gain fat stores needed to fly non-stop the additional 1,000 miles north to the tundra.

 
 
 

 

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