Horseshoe Crab Count 2024

May 23, 2024, 9:30 pm

HORSESHOE CRAB COUNT 2023

The CCE and the DEC are hosting a Mastic Beach Conservancy horseshoe crab tagging blitz on Thursday May 23rd (rain date Friday May 24th) after the spawning survey at Pikes Beach, Westhampton Dunes. They will be able to host up to 30 volunteers to help tag and release about 400 tags. Secure your spot now to participate in this yearly event.  Not only are horseshoe crabs incredibly important to our ecosystem, they are also the puppy dogs of the bay.  You will be blown away by how friendly they are.  Do not miss this incredible opportunity!

Tagging and counting horseshoe crabs aids in efforts to protect this vital species. The wonderful longtime volunteers of Pike’s Beach have made a big impact on protecting this species. With 18 years of data now collected, and at a site that is usually abundant with crabs, we are a harbinger of what is happening with the species and making a preservation impact in our own backyard.

We would like for everyone to arrive by 9:30 PM and dress accordingly (insect repellent, rubber boots or shoes you don’t mind getting wet or sandy, layers in case it’s chilly, and a rain jacket if storms are predicted). Headlamps are a plus. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the bay side parking lot at Pikes Beach to get outfitted, go over procedures, and set up teams.

We encourage you to read over the spawning survey documents and all other information on the program on their website: www.NYhorseshoecrab.org.

Spots are limited. Please sign up for free at this link. We need names and emails for all participants. If all the slots are filled and you really want to participate, please email me directly at alex@masticbeachconservancy.org.

Photograph by Kylie Corwin