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Animals Aren't Alone in Migrating to Delaware Bay

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MILFORD, Del. (WBOC) - Tourists will soon start flocking to Delaware's beaches for the beginning of the summer season. But there's a different flock already gathering at the beach.

The horseshoe crabs and shorebirds are in the middle of their annual take over of Delaware Bay.  The shorebirds have migrated north, sometimes thousands of miles, to fatten up on the crabs' eggs.

And the birds aren't all that migrated. Patricia Gonzalez flew up from Argentina.

"1997 was the first time I had been at Delaware Bay," she said. "I collaborate with the shorebird banding teams. I do the same work in South America. We are looking for the birds that we banded in Argentina and other places."

She hasn't seen many Argentina-banded birds yet. But she'll keep looking.

As she looks so do many, many birders to spots like the DuPont Nature Center.

"It's families. It's birders. It's all kinds of folks, folks from other states. We get people from as far away as California," said Dawn Webb, manager of the nature center. "Scientists. We have the Delaware Shorebird Project here. They are resighting birds. They have flags on their legs that are numbered. Patricia is up from San Antonio Bay. She has an interpretive center there. We're trying to connect interpretive centers along the fly-way, so we can educate the public better."

Gonzalez said teaching people about the birds and studying them is important. And that is not, she said, just because it is important to protect biodiversity.

"Shorebirds talk about what is happening to our environment," Gonzalez said. "Shorebirds link several places in the fly-way. When they link these places, you can see the environmental connection between all of these sites. The truth is - we all are connected in the Earth. And the shorebirds somehow teach us about that."

Click here to find out where the best spots are to watch the crabs and the birds.

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