3rd Annual HORSESHOE CRAB FESTIVAL at Jamaica Bay Refuge

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On Sunday, May 19, more than 120 participants enjoyed a day of educational and fun activities at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge celebrating Jamaica Bay's horseshoe crabs. The main attraction was the annual mating ritual of the horseshoe crabs as they came ashore to mate and lay eggs. On hand were naturalists, Mickey Cohen, Dave Grant, and Don Riepe—Jamaica Bay Guardian for the American Littoral Society—to explain the ecological and medical importance of these ancient animals to the wonder of kids and adults alike.

In partnership with the American Littoral Society, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) announced the launch of a joint YouTube Channel featuring four short videos as part of the series, "Explore Jamaica Bay: New York City’s Natural Oasis". Each video, produced by Dan Hendrick, producer of the documentary, "Saving Jamaica Bay," takes viewers on a journey of wildlife in the bay, including horseshoe crabs, osprey, shorebirds and raptors. During the festival, the film, "New York City’s Oldest Inhabitants: Horseshoe Crabs in Jamaica Bay," was screened. For more information, visit www.jbrpc.org. 

Other programs included a children’s program by Lisa Schnell, author of “High Tide For Horseshoe Crabs,” a children’s book. Molly Adams of NYC Audubon led a bird walk around the reserve.

The Horseshoe Crab Festival was sponsored by the American Littoral Society, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Audubon, and Gateway National Recreation Area.   

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