Fortescue Beach – in Downe Township, NJ – is the site of an American Littoral Society restoration project, which serves to keep sand on the beach and create ideal habitat for horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds. With your help, we have been working for years to restore and protect New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore beaches because the bay is home to the largest population of spawning horseshoe crabs in the world.
Horseshoe crab spawning on these beaches is a remarkable spectacle, as thousands of crabs crawl ashore each night to lay eggs on the sand. The peak of this ritual coincides with our Sunset on the Bay event on Saturday, June 10, from 5-8 p.m. on Fortescue Beach.
In addition to horseshoe crab lessons, there will be hands-on activities, beachcombing and guided bird walks led by our staff experts. We’ll also have a local band providing entertainment, as well as food and refreshments. The event is free for Littoral Society members and $5 for non-members.
Littoral Society members will have access to our Members Only tent with beer, wine and oysters! (Find information about joining the Littoral Society on the registration page.)
We invite you and your family to join us and discover New Jersey’s beautiful hidden coast, while marveling at horseshoe crabs by sunset. Ample parking will be available, and tide times will be checked to ensure easy entrance and exit.
Delaware Bayshore Program Director
American Littoral Society