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Horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are an ecologically, economically, and medically important species. Each spring, millions of horseshoe crabs come to the beaches of the Delaware Bay to lay their eggs. Since 1990, citizen scientists and researchers have surveyed the spawning horseshoe crabs along the beaches of Delaware and New Jersey. The data from this survey is then used to make important management decisions.
In this session, representatives from Delaware Sea Grant will provide participants with a background on horseshoe crabs, the spawning survey, and how the data collected is used to help managers make decisions, focusing on their work at Big Stone Beach in Delaware. In addition, participants will learn about how Delaware Sea Grant is creating tools and programs to educate the public and school students in Delaware and beyond about this important keystone species and their habitat.
Thursday, August 5, 2021, 3:00 PM CST — The Amazing World of Echinoderms with Victor Blanco, hosted by Florida Sea Grant
Sometimes underestimated, echinoderms play an important ecological role in marine habitats. Also, they have develop amazing evolutionary adaptations. Join us to discover this amazing group of marine creatures that includes sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, brittle stars and sea lilies.