The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will host its eighth annual Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at the center, 2992 Lighthouse Road, near Slaughter Beach.
Visitors will enjoy festivities and educational activities, with food available for purchase. Attendees will receive an Estuary Eco-Challenge passport to be stamped as they participate in a series of Eco-Station activities, which provide visitors with opportunities to identify shorebirds, get close to live horseshoe crabs and other aquatic species, learn how to cast a fishing rod, learn about food webs and more.
Visitors also will have viewing opportunities from the center’s large deck to see the interaction between horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, including federally-threatened red knots, which depend on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their long journey from South America to their Arctic breeding grounds. DNREC’s Delaware Shorebird Project Team members will be on hand to identify the shorebirds along the shoreline surrounding the center.
Parking will be available at the Lacy E. Nichols Jr. Cedar Creek Boating Access Area’s public boat ramp, with a shuttle running to the center throughout the day.
For information, call 422-1329 or visit bit.ly/2pMld6e.