St. Jones Reserve, Del. | Photo by Meg McGuire
Time to volunteer for the
Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Survey
On a chilly day in April, volunteers determine what their stride is at a survey training session held at the St. Jones Reserve, south of Dover in Delaware. The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts a crab count on three beaches. Since 1990, surveys have been conducted of horseshoe crabs spawning in Delaware Bay. Data collected by volunteers during these surveys is key for scientists in monitoring changes in numbers of spawning crabs in the Bay. Each spring during the new and full moon evening high tides in May and June, volunteers donate their time to count crabs on key beaches in Delaware and in New Jersey. There are lots of places in the Delaware Bay where volunteers are appreciated, check out the list here.
Lambertville, N.J. | Photo by Meg McGuire
"If only people realized that they were not the most important creatures living on the Earth, I think the world would be a much better place." – Rebecca Pisall
Her death started a movement. Click here to learn more.
Looking at Lambertville, N.J. across the Delaware River from New Hope, Pa.
Belvidere, N.J. | Photos by Meg McGuire
The Belvidere Bridge crosses the Delaware River from Belvidere, N.J., to Riverton in Pennsylvania.
Looking south, high above where the Pequest River flows into the Delaware in Belvidere, N.J.
Note when the meetings are — and beware of werewolves in Belvidere!
An interesting — and not very welcoming — assortment of "Keep out" signs located in, of all places, Harmony, N.J.
A single line track snakes along the east bank of the Delaware — the rails still look used. Needs further investigating!
I had great kielbasa and sauerkraut here. It's near the Pequest, as it runs through Belvidere, N.J.
Dingmans Bridge | Photos by Meg McGuire
Cars must stop to pay the toll before crossing the Dingmans Bridge in Dingmans Ferry.
Dingmans Bridge is a historic site, dating back to the early 1800s. Some of its ironwork dates from that period and still is in use today.
Delaware Bridge Company vice president Alan Shook and his family have had a long history with maintaining the Dingmans Bridge.
The Dingmans Bridge spans the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Upper Lehigh River | Photos by Meg McGuire
David Heller, left and Frankie Lazauskas, right, measure fish.
Once all the fish have been gathered after the first pass, they are counted and measured.
A friendly green frog sat quietly on Raffaela Marano's hand, waiting for his close-up.
The brook trout that were counted by the crew were the handsomest fish we saw: freckled with bright red spots with a blue halo round each one.