Horseshoe Crab Count

May 19, 2023, 9:30 pm

Tagging horseshoe crabs. Photo by Johnny Panessa.

Sorry for the last minute notice but the count is on!  We have 10 slots available so RSVP quickly at this LINK!  It will be first come.

We are joining Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Marine Program again this year at Pike’s Beach in Westhampton at 9:30PM on Friday, May 19th. Tagging and counting horseshoe crabs aids in efforts to protect this vital species. In 2022, in only a few hours, our group tagged and counted 400 horseshoe crabs.

The tagging dates are determined by the water temperature, the weather and of course the horseshoe crabs themselves. It’s nature that determines the timing on this one so sorry for the last minute notice!

As you all know this work is incredibly urgent! Horseshoe crabs support our entire ecosystem; the birds, the fish, the turtles, and humans all depend on them (COVID vaccine testing! Thank you crabs!).

The wonderful longtime volunteers of Pike’s Beach have made a big impact on protecting this species. With 17 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.

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. We encourage you to read the spawning survey documents as well and all other information on the program on our website:

You must RSVP at this LINK in order to join us this year!  Slots are limited!!