Horseshoe crabs are living fossils – and given their 450 million year existence on the planet, it’s no wonder they are considered a keystone species within their ecosystem. Horseshoe crabs provide vital resources to many living things – from shorebirds to humans. Every spring horseshoe crab spawning surveys are conducted up and down the Eastern Seaboard to assess populations and determine harvest quotas for commercial fishing and biomedical industries. Across Long Island, NY, the program is run by a network of researchers and citizen scientists who individually count and tag horseshoe crabs coming ashore to lay eggs. With the recent addition of the Red Knot shorebird to the federal endangered species list, it has never been more critical to monitor horseshoe crab populations and make sure the resource lasts well into the future. Learn how to get involved by visiting: NYhorseshoecrab.org

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