Horseshoe Crabs (and Red Knots)
Horseshoe crabs live in Long Island Sound too, and there’s an effort now, during the horseshoe crab’s mating season, to both protect them and get a better idea of how well they’re doing.
Connecticut has tightened controls on the number of horseshoe crabs that can be caught for bait, and prohibited taking horseshoe crabs at three beaches where they are particularly numerous – Milford Point, Sandy Point (in West Haven) and Menunketesuck Island (in Westbrook). Judy Benson, of the New London Day, explains, here.
On Saturday, SoundWaters held its annual horseshoe crab count. And the Nature Conservancy is holding a workshop on Monday evening for people interested in helping with a horseshoe crab survey. The workshop is at at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Library, with Professor Jennifer Mattei of Sacred Heart University.