NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program

NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program

Teachers receive all sorts of invitations. Most of them are dreck. Something about this caught my eye. I investigated and was accepted to participate. Rita and I took a business day at work.

We drove to the meeting place only to find no one there. There was a note placed somewhere to go to Reeds Beach. That we did.

There’s a lot of waiting around for this. We would see birds gather on the beach. Then nets would be launched. Missed. Then everything would need to be reset to try again.

Eventually, success!

Hundreds of birds were netted. At that point, the 20 of us rushed down the beach. The scientists set up their stations. Then the handlers (Rita, me, and others) were handed a bird. We would then take it to the scientists to be examined. The bird I held had been tagged in South America a few days before. Unbelievable!

Some birds had blood drawn. Others tagged. All were logged.

This was truly an amazing experience.

These birds (red knots and others) fly nonstop from South America (some stop over in Bermuda) to New Jersey’s bayshore to feast on horshoe crab eggs. At this time, horseshoe crabs lay their eggs in the sand. The red knots are about a third of their weight. They hang here for a couple weeks tripling in size.

This has been going on for eons. It was nice to be part of this.

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