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New York Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network

Main Project Information
Presented By Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Goal Promote conservation of horseshoe crabs in NY State.
Task Help collect data around full & new moon evenings May to July.
Where New York

The New York Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network encourage participants to get involved with the annual horseshoe crab monitoring program on various reference beaches throughout New York’s Marine District. Participants assist with the collection of scientific data that is used to assess the status of horseshoe crabs in NY State, and will help determine the management and conservation of this important species throughout the region.

This data will be used by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to assess the status of horseshoe crabs in New York’s Marine District, and to assist with the regional management and conservation of this species through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

If you participate in this educational survey you will be helping to collect data on horseshoe crab spawning abundance, size, sex and tag returns around full and new moon evenings from May to July.

Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop and organize this project.

How to Join

The project website provides a checklist of items that you need to complete before getting started.

Primary persons for internal contacts: Matthew Sclafani and Corey Humphrey

Required Gear

According to the project website:
- Filled out Volunteer agreement and Appropriate Risk Waiver forms (found on the website)

- Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Headlamps are useful because they free up both hands.

- Bring a clipboard and a couple of pencils.

- Work gloves may be useful if there are high densities of horseshoe crabs on the beach, as you may have to occasionally lift animals up to count those underneath.

- NO BARE FEET! Shoes are a necessity. We recommend rubber boots, water shoes, or old sneakers.

- An accurate wristwatch to record arrival time, and survey start and finish times.

- Cell phone for emergencies or calling lead coordinator(s) for assistance with problems.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags app, citizen-based monitoring, crab., horseshoe crab, iphone, monitor, monitoring, new york
Project Updated 08/05/2017