Horseshoe Crabs: a fascinating conservation study

Horseshoe crab numbers are declining throughout much of their range. Threats to horseshoe crabs include habitat loss and over harvesting. Beach developments hinder horseshoe crab breeding.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 23 2020, New Jersey environmentalist Tedor Whitman will tell us why commercial fisheries, tourism officials, ornithologists, government (local, county, state, and federal) agencies, and pharmaceutical interests all fought to determine the use and future of these animals. Fortunately, the fate of the horseshoe crab fell into the hands of a resourceful biological technician and a handful of determined citizens.

Horseshoe crabs are an important part of the ecology of coastal communities. Their eggs are the major food source for shorebirds migrating north, including the federally-threatened red knot. Many fish species as well as birds feed on horseshoe crab eggs in Florida. Adult horseshoes serve as prey for sea turtles, alligators, horse conchs, and sharks.

“This lively and entertaining talk, so close to Earth Day, will deal with this important wildlife conservation topic and will also touch upon the horseshoe crab’s connections to endangered shorebird populations and to human health”, adds librarian Archana Chiplunkar

Tedor Whitman is the Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills. He has over 25 years of experience teaching and leading conservation programs across a wide range of U.S. ecosystems. Before joining the Arboretum in 2014, Tedor was, among other things, the Director of Education for Zoo Miami and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, a high school biology teacher at the TERRA Environmental Research Center, and the Director of Biological Stewardship at a large nature center in Westchester, N.Y. For seven years, he was also the Director of Education for the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Thu, April 23
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
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Horseshoe crab numbers are declining throughout much of their range. Threats to horseshoe crabs include habitat loss and over harvesting. Beach developments hinder horseshoe crab breeding.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 23 2020, New Jersey environmentalist Tedor Whitman will tell us why commercial fisheries, tourism officials, ornithologists, government (local, county, state, and ...

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