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Delaware Bay 2007

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People and Birds Gone Home – Delaware Bay 2007

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Previous Post We wanted to get a late catch of sanderlings before the season ended. Most of the team had already left for their homes all over the globe: Humphrey, Phil and Alice to England; Clive, Susan and Peter to Australia; Pablo and Victor to Mexico. Now it was down to the core group, Steve, Jeannine, Bill and Mandy with Dick who was due to leave the following day. It seemed that the birds, too, were mostly gone. Kathy, Ron and Bill flew the entire bayshore on Tuesday and found only a few thousand birds, mostly sanderlings in the Villas…

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Shorebirds Too Late To Breed Successfully Delaware Bay 2007

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Previous Post We should not have gone out of the Gandy’s Beach Marina on Sunday. A small craft advisory was posted by the National Weather Service and even worse, over an inch of rain was being forecast. If we were to catch knots, then we had to go out of the barely- protected inlet at Gandy’s Creek and hug the bay shoreline for about a quarter mile in a 16 foot aluminum V-hull known un-affectionately as “the Pig”. But after three unsuccessful tries at catching knots over the previous two days, we had to make a go of it.  There…

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A Tough Time Finding Crab Eggs Delaware Bay 2007

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Previous Post There were close to thirty people waiting around for a catch of shorebirds. Beside our core team, the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Team studying avian influenza, and Dave Mizrahi’s team working on semipalmated sandpipers, there were ten students from Dan Hernandez’s horseshoe crab egg monitoring team. We set our net on a small beach on Money Island, a tiny bayside community just up-bay from Gandy’s Beach and Fortescue. The sky was a brilliant blue, it was not unbearably hot and the flies and gnats were tolerable, unlike the day before in Fortescue . . . . . ….

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Praise for Citizens United for Feeding the Delaware Bay Banding Team 2007

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Previous Post Last year our banding crew doubled the food budget. Imagine feeding 20 or so people after working hard all day for three weeks. But I’m not complaining. After all, food is a minor cost for all our team does, oftentimes working from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. And these are skilled people, many with PhDs and many years of experience on shorebirds from all over the world. But some have big stomachs. By chance one day, I mentioned the gargantuan appetites of the banding crew to my friend Jane Galetto, who is exec director of Citizens…

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Trapping Shorebirds on Delaware Bay May 2007

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Previous Post The entire team waited patiently for a few of the 300 red knots roosting and feeding on Stone Harbor point to be twinkled by Peter Fullagar into the catch area of the three cannon net. We had being trying for over an hour to move the birds into position but without luck. Peter was working hard twinkling the birds so slowly that you couldn’t really tell he was moving. The team including Sue, Mandy, Dick, Pablo, Victor, Alice, Barry, Angela, Jeannine and Philippa sat in rapt attention by the firing box while an unseasonably cold wind pushed sand…

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Counting Shorebirds on Land, Sea and Air Delaware Bay May 2007

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Previous Post Victor Ayala, Mandy Dey and I bounced about in the small aluminum skiff trying our best to count red knots, ruddy turnstones, sanderlings, semipalmated sandpipers and dunlins and having a difficult time of it. During the previous few hours, the sea had grown nasty around Egg Island point, probably the most remote place on the Delaware Bay. The boat rolled and pitched in the high, steep waves that were driven by a stiff breeze from the southeast blowing against the tide. Most sailors fear wind against tide conditions in Delaware Bay and we were trying to deal with…

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Migrant Knots on the Atlantic Coast May 2007

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Previous Post Tom Virzi, a PhD candidate at Rutgers working on Oystercatchers, called to tell us that there were 1,600 knots near the Fish Factory near Forsyth Refuge. It was a fortuitous call. Humphrey, who has focused on the red knots using the Atlantic Coast at Stone Harbor, as well as Clive and I were confused by the lack of knots in Stone Harbor. In fact Jim Fraser of Virginia Tech found very few knots on the Atlantic Coast of Virginia as well. Over the last four years we have gradually unraveled the mystery of the Atlantic Coast knots. Originally…

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Delaware Bay 2007- Trapping Shorebirds on Delaware Bay

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Previous Post Two events dominated our third day of trapping shorebirds on the Delaware Bay.The Director of NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Dave Chanda, (left, holding a ruddy turnstone), two members of the Division’s Marine Fish Council and one member of the Fish and Game Council stood by waiting for us to catch and would join us in the processing of the birds.The second was a nasty 25 knot wind blowing against the beach.This would make an easy catch virtually impossible because we would have to set the 12 meter long cannon net perpendicular to the wind and beach…

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Delaware Bay 2007 Shorebird Team Biographies

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Previous Post Victor Ayala is a Marine Biologist from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur. He works with shorebirds in the north of Baja California Sur, Mexico, with another great people. He is here to lead cannon netting for use back in Mexico. Mike Boyd is a biologist for the Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Fund at Long Point Ontario. He is here to receive training in cannon-netting to help with the start of his Masters project this fall on the staging ecology of Sandhill Cranes in Ontario. Kathleen Clark, Principal Biologist, Endangered and Nongame Species Program, has…

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Delaware Bay 2007- Scanning for Shorebirds on Delaware Bay

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Previous Post You can tell the beginning of the season on the Delaware Bay not only by the arrival of shorebirds but the shorebird biologists. In one day, at the Philadelphia International Airport, we retrieved Pablo Lobera Alvarez and Victor Ayala Perez from Mexico, Humphrey and Philippa Sitters from the UK and Clive Minton, Susan Taylor and Peter Fullagar from Australia. Pablo and Victor study ecology under Dr. Roberto Carmona of the University of Baja California Sur. They have come to the Bay to help us and learn how to catch shorebirds to carry out similar work in Mexico. Dr….

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Shorebirds on Delaware Bay 2007

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The Shorebird Team is convening once again at Reeds Beach on the Delaware Bayshore to trap and band shorebirds during their critical stopover enroute to the Arctic. The crew arrives from all over the globe, Australia, England, Canada and New Jersey. Each member is assigned a responsibility and a tentative schedule for trapping and banding is established. At the same time a team from Stockton University is studying horseshoe crab and horseshoe crab egg densities. The film crew that followed the team in Tierra del Fuego has arrived to capture the work at the bayshore. We will start blogging from…

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