It was a race against time - and that is not lightly said.
In early May, horseshoe crabs and migrating shore birds began returning to the beaches along the Delaware Bayshore - beaches that literally had just been restored from the damage done by Superstorm Sandy last November. This is invaluable beach habitat - horseshoe crabs rely on the beaches to spawn and lay their eggs. The eggs provide a critical food source for thousands of migrating shore birds such as the Red Knot on their way to the Arctic. Both the horseshoe crab and Red Knot populations have suffered a significant decline in recent years.
The project to rebuild Delaware Bay beaches in New Jersey damaged by Superstorm Sandy was a massive undertaking with no promise of success. But the well-implemented gamble paid off. And the project took some seriously dedicated, knowledgeable and determined individuals to make it happen. Long days trying to beat the clock, cooperating weather and the support of visionary funders caused a miracle to happen.
Several environmental and conservation groups received funding from The New Jersey Recovery Fund, a joint effort among local and national foundations, New Jersey corporations and individuals to provide support to New Jersey's communities and nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Sandy. Through the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, Greener New Jersey Productions and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network are co-producing a series of videos including a half-hour program documenting the work. More info at greenernewjersey.org/delaware-bayshore-project
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