“Barely enough” horseshoe crab eggs for arriving red knots

Red knots and Horseshoe crabs, Delaware Bay

MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – In the first week of the red knot stopover on Delaware Bay, there were just enough horseshoe crab eggs for the migratory birds to refuel for the rest of their journey to the Arctic.

The birds eat horseshoe crab eggs, relying on beaches having a high enough density of them that some will be near the surface, said researcher Larry Niles of Niles and Smith Conservation Services on the Conserve Wildlife Foundation blog …

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