16th Annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival

May 25th, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

16th Annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival

Saturday, May 25 - Horseshoe Crab-Shorebird Festival - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  In partnership with the Milton Chamber of Commerce, this festival celebrates horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, and other natural resources while encouraging citizen awareness and participation in wildlife-dependent recreation. Activities occur at the Milton Municipal Park and Prime Hook NWR each will be offering choices from art to science and nature education.  Below is the schedule of events that will be located on Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, DE 19968)

Bird Walk-8:00 am-Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of year.  Come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile.  Bring your binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope if you have them. Meet at the refuge office.

Herpetology Walk-9:00 am- Led by volunteer naturalist Dr.Carol Pollio participants will walk and learn while exploring the refuge. Come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile.  Meet at the refuge office. Walk will take place on the boardwalk trail.

Butterfly Box Building, Milkweed seed ball give away, self guided scavenger hunt/coloring book give away until supplies run out at headquarters. (9:00 am- until).

Horseshoe Crab Touch Tank, Horseshoe Crab Molt Educational display, Horseshoe Crab Educational Materials/3D Model give-aways provided by University of Delaware, and Horseshoe Crab Video “Feast on the Beach” will play every half hour at headquarters auditorium  (9:00- 3:00pm)

Touch-and-See equipment (tractors, trucks, & more) utilized for habitat conservation at headquarters near parking area. (9:00 am to 3:00pm)

Quest Adventures – Kayaks provided by Delawares local kayak and SUP business Quest Adventures stationed at Fleetwood Pond.  Whether you're a beginner, an expert or just want to relax without any worries, utilize Quests Kayaks or bring your own and explore FleetwoodPond. (9:00 am to 12:00pm)

Brandywine Zoo managed by the Division of Parks and Recreation with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society will provide a Walk By Animal Program at headquarters (12:00 pm to 3:00pm)

To connect you and your family with nature, many activities, programs, and special events are planned this year. The Refuge is open every day from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset in designated areas! The Visitor Center is open daily year round from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.       


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