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Horseshoe Crab Festival

  • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (map)

Join us for a day of celebrating the annual coming ashore of the ancient horseshoe crabs. During the full and new moons of May and June, these prehistoric animals come ashore to mate and lay billions of eggs at the high tide line as they’ve done for approximately 400 million years (take a millennia or two). At the same time, thousands of migrating shorebirds arrive in the northeast bays to feed on the eggs to help regain the body weight (fat) they lost during their long journey northward. During the festival you’ll get to see and hold a live horseshoe crab and learn about their important ecological and medicinal values.

Earlier Event: May 4
I Love My Park Day