By: Andrew Homsey | April 22, 2019
Bill Stewart, founder of the Delaware Bird-a-thon and past p...
There really is no place on Earth like the Delaware Bay in May, where up to a million migrating shorebirds arrive and refuel for that last long leg of migration to the arctic tundra! The shining star among all of these long distance migrants is certainly the rufa Red Knot — a federally-listed Endangered Species. The Red Knot and other shorebird species return each May to the Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site of global importance. This site, designated as an IBA (or Important Bird Area), is critical to the shorebirds’ survival due to its abundance of horseshoe crab eggs and preserved habitat. After flying up to 7000 miles nonstop, the Knots arrive exhausted, famished and in need of a protein-rich and easily digestible food source – horseshoe crab eggs high in fats and protein!
Currently, most of the properties bordering the shoreline of the Mispillion Harbor Reserve are protected and preserved. One privately-held, crucially-located property remains. Having the opportunity to secure and protect this fragile link in the lifeline for the Red Knot and thousands of other shorebirds is a once-in-a-lifetime dream come true.
Due to the incredibly generous donations of funders in support of our mission, we have secured a dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $100,000.00 for this year’s Delaware Bird-A-Thon! In partnership with The Conservation Fund, our goal is to raise $100,000.00 and contribute the combined $200,000.00 towards the purchase and acquisition of the last remaining private property in Mispillion Harbor Reserve. Help us secure this last link to create a totally preserved habitat for hundreds of thousands of awe-inspiring shorebirds — participate in or donate to the 2019 Delaware Bird-A-Thon today!