Stone Harbor, NJ – The Wetlands Institute is pleased to announce our 3rd annual Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival.

Located on the Cape May Peninsula between the Delaware Bay and Atlantic beaches, The Wetlands Institute is situated in an area considered to host one of the “wonders of the world.” With an act of timing only Mother Nature can provide, horseshoe crabs climb onto the beaches of the Delaware Bay to lay their eggs, while thousands of shorebirds time a pit stop during their spring migration to feed on these energy-packed horseshoe crab eggs. With so much life and a myriad of exceptional species on our beaches, it is impossible not to appreciate this phenomenon!

Come join The Wetlands Institute for a festival that celebrates an amazing spectacle of nature – the shorebird migration and horseshoe crab spawning season. Guests of all ages can enjoy shorebird banding demonstrations and volunteer participation, back-bay kayaking tours, back-bay birding and wildlife boat tours, reTURN the Favor horseshoe crab rescue walks, a horseshoe crab spawning survey, horseshoe crab teaching tank and aquaculture tours, horseshoe crab themed children’s activities, guided shorebird viewing walks, and more! For a full schedule of activities and pre-registration information, visit

Proceeds from the event will help support the Delaware Bay International Shorebird Project and The Wetlands Institute’s conservation and education programs focused on shorebird and horseshoe crab conservation.

2013-05-Horseshoe-Crabs-webThe Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival is sponsored by Lucky Bones Backwater Grille. It is held in collaboration with: Borough of Stone Harbor; Celebrate Delaware Bay; Cape May Bird Observatory; Township of Middle; and US Fish and Wildlife Service – Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Two-Day Ticket: Non-Member:  $15 Adult, $10 Child.  Member:  $13 Adult, $8 Child.

One-Day Ticket: Non-Member:  $10 Adult, $8 Child, $30 Family Pack of 4. Member:  $8 Adult, $6 Child, $25 Family Pack of 4.


About The Wetlands Institute:

The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational and research facility focused on wetlands and coastal ecosystem preservation.  Annually, the Institute educates over 17,000 visitors, of which 11,000 are school aged children. The Wetlands Institute’s mission is to promote appreciation, understanding and stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through programs in research, conservation, and education.  The Institute was founded in 1969 by the late Herbert H. Mills, (former Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund, and Executive Director of the National Audubon Society), to further coastal environmental knowledge. From its inception, the Wetlands Institute has pioneered a number of research, education and conservation programs about wetlands and coastal ecosystems, and worked with numerous regional, national and international organizations to foster stewardship of these resources worldwide.