Free festival May 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford near Slaughter Beach.
The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve will host its eighth Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival, celebrating the spring arrival of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs, Saturday, May 20.
The festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford, near Slaughter Beach. Admission is free.
Visitors will enjoy fun festivities and educational activities, with food available. Everyone attending also will receive an Estuary Eco-Challenge passport to be stamped as they participate in Eco-Station activities.
The Eco-Stations will 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 much more!
Visitors also will have great 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.
The center is a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, and DNREC’s Delaware Shorebird Project Team members will be on hand to identify shorebirds.
Parking is at the Lacy E. Nichols Jr. Cedar Creek Boating Access Area public boat ramp, with a shuttle to the center throughout the day. The festival will be held rain or shine, except in the case of thunderstorms, coastal flooding or storms with high winds and heavy rain.