GETTING INVOLVED

Thank you for your interest in our annual survey of spawning horseshoe crabs. By participating in the educational aspects of this project you will help us collect data and to acquire biological information on horseshoe crabs in New York’s Marine District. 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. Trained site coordinators will be present to educate and teach you about the survey, however, it is important that you take the time to follow the instructions below and contact your site coordinator before showing up to the survey.  By doing so, you will be better prepared and help make the survey run efficiently and learn about the stewardship of horseshoe crabs.


To watch a short-documentary by WAKE Multimedia that highlighted our monitoring program and the surrounding issues for horseshoe crab management in New York State please Click Here

The Essentials


All participants MUST:


  1. First complete a Participant Waiver and Code of Conduct form, and submit to the site coordinator before the survey. If you are participating through another organization, please be sure to fill out their forms as well. The site coordinators can assist you with this if needed.


  1. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


  1. Download the appropriate monitoring protocol and read before meeting at the survey site.


  1. Determine which monitoring site you are interested in participating at, and then contact the site coordinators to schedule a date.


  1. Wear appropriate clothing for night walks. Foul weather and wet conditions at the water’s edge may require appropriate attire. Consider using sunscreen during the day and insect repellent at night.


  1. IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE PRESENT OR CONDITIONS ARE UNSAFE, DO NOT GO ONTO THE BEACH. The site coordinator will determine if the survey should be canceled.


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


  1. Bring a clipboard and a couple of pencils.


  1. 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.


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


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


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

 
CHECK LIST:

 Download and fill out the Volunteer Agreement and Appropriate Risk Waiver forms.

Download and read the monitoring protocol, for the appropriate site

Contact the site coordinator prior to the survey night(s) of interest to schedule with them

 Dress accordingly

 Bring a flashlight or headlamp

CHECK LIST:


  1. 1. Download and fill out the Volunteer Agreement and Appropriate Risk Waiver forms.


  1. 2.Download and read the monitoring protocol, for the appropriate site


  1. 3.Contact the site coordinator prior to the survey night(s) of interest to schedule with them


  1. 4. Dress accordingly


  1. 5. Bring a flashlight or headlamp