You are Limitless: Save a Limulus!

  • Location
    Delaware Bay beaches, New Jersey
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
  • Group Type
    Community-Based Program

The Problem

To help save the horseshoe crab (limulus) population which are a near threatened species and the endangered shorebird red knots that feed off of horseshoe crab eggs during their spring migration.

Our Plan

A beach clean up, horseshoe crab educational forum, and horseshoe crab rescue event. It will be open to all ages, but targeted to kids 10-17

Themes Addressed

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    Dr. Jane Goodall
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    Endangered Species
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    Habitat Destruction
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    Migratory species

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We planned a beach clean up for World Oceans Day with a horseshoe crab rescue education and pizza party event. When my state was under restrictions due to COVId-19, we changed it to a virtual World Oceans Day celebration focusing on the importance of saving horseshoe crabs and shorebirds in New Jersey’s Delaware Bay. It went great! We had photo and trivia contests for prizes, too! It was called the “Mermaid Goggles World Oceans Day Horseshoe Crab and Red Knot Learn-a-thon. For the prizes, we ordered books and gifts from the Jane Goodall Indtitute

Through this project I/we learned:

We learned we could come together and be inspired even over the FB page event. We learned about red knots and their migration and the importance of horseshoe crabs to the ecosystem.

What I/we might change:

We’d like to be at the beach if safe to do so.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

The presentation by shorebird and horseshoe crab experts from the Wetlands who agreed to do a virtual worship for this event.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

We also connected with the youth events at the UN by promoting their Ocean Day webcasts and holding watch parties. We also had a watch party with Storytime with Jane as part of the event!

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