The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June on Kent County’s Ted Harvey Wildlife Area and Kitts Hummock and North Bowers beaches.
For those who are interested in assisting with this year’s survey, DNERR staff will host volunteer training sessions at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Volunteers can choose from one of the three trainings scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. April 1, 2 to 4 p.m. April 1 and 6 to 8 p.m. April 6.
New participants are required to attend one of the trainings, while past participants in the annual survey must attend a training once every three years.
Volunteers are asked to register online before the day of the training by visiting 2017dnerrhscsurveytraining.eventbrite.com.
At the training offered by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, volunteers will learn how to conduct a survey, properly record data and distinguish between male and female horseshoe crabs. The training will also highlight past results of horseshoe crab survey data and how it is being used.
For information on horseshoe crab monitoring, visit de.gov/dnerrhscsurvey, call 739-6377 or email DNERRhsc@gmail.com.