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Training for Horseshoe Crab Monitoring, Monday, April 20 at 7pm
 
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Greetings all,
 
Mark Your Calendars Now! The Bayshore Watershed Council will be hosting one volunteer training session to instruct people the proper way to monitor and tag Horseshoe Crabs this May & June along Raritan Bay & Sandy Hook Bay.
 
Training will take place on:
 
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Bayshore Waterfront Park (Spy House)

719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 
Directions to the park along with a park map can be found at this website address: http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2516

The Bayshore Regional Watershed Council is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June along Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay in Monmouth County, NJ.
  
If you are interested in participating in this unique citizen science program, please consider attending the training session. New volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend.
 
Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Children, scouts, or students under  the  age  of  18  must  be  accompanied  by  their  parent, teacher, scout leader, or a legal guardian. Please feel free to pass this information onto interested people.

Since 2009, horseshoe crab spawning surveys have been conducted along Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay. Despite the horseshoe crab’s importance to the ecology of the estuary, little is known about its population status.
 
The watershed council conducts a survey at five (5) beaches during full and new moon evenings in May & June. Beaches include:

1. Cliffwood Beach in Aberdeen Township
2. Conaskonck Point in Union Beach
3. Leonardo Public Beach in Middletown Township
4. The mouth of Many Mind Creek in Atlantic Highlands
5. Plum Island at Sandy Hook National Recreation Area

 
2015 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey Dates and times:
 
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:30apm
Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:30pm
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 8:30pm
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 8:30pm

 
Please note that the times listed above are around high tides. The total time commitment per night will range from 1 to 2 hours, depending on how many horseshoe crabs there are to count.
 
This project is part of Bayshore Watershed Council’s goal to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, check out our website at www.restoreourbay.org
 
Thanks & Fair winds,
Joe Reynolds
Co-Chair
Bayshore Watershed Council

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