Shorebird Tagging

Cape May – May 15, 2013




” . . . these tiny little birds that you hold in your hands . . . “

This super-human project could not have happened without the funders who recognized its critical importance, understood the challenges and were willing to take the risk.

Funders and volunteers gathered in Middle Township, Cape May County, NJ, on the Delaware Bay to band Red Knots and other migrating shorebirds and to celebrate the successful completion of the restoration of the bay beaches before the horseshoe crabs arrived to lay their eggs.

Major grants were provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the NJ Recovery Fund (a consortium of private foundations administered by the Community Foundation of NJ), as well as additional funding from the NJ Natural Lands Trust and the NJ Corporate Wetlands Partnership. Find out more about who’s involved.

Good weather and good company made for a splendid day topped off with a champagne toast to the workers and the funders who believed in the project despite the odds.  The gathering was overflowing with positive energy and high spirits.

But this is only one step in the process – ongoing work will be needed to protect the habitat for the horseshoe crabs and migrating birds.  In many ways, the hard work is just beginning.  Visionaries wanted! 

Watch the videos and enjoy the photos below!