The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay

The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay

The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay The spawning of the horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay is an extraordinary spectacle to behold.   Horseshoe Crab Mating As the high tides sweep in, males cling to the back of the female onto the shoreline of Delaware Bay.  The female digs into the sand and releases eggs every few feet which are then fertilized by the male. After the mating is complete, the horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay return to the water, and the waves wash sand overtop of the eggs. There is a yearly spawning report that accepts volunteers to help count the numbers of horseshoe crabs that come ashore each year. Diminishing Horseshoe Crab Population The horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay are largely decreasing in population due to development and poor water quality, according to marine biologist, Dr. Clare McBane, from New Hampshire Fish and Game. The National Wildlife Federation further credits the population decline to habitat loss and human predation for use in conch and eel bait.   Since the horseshoe crab population is diminishing, so is the population of the Red Knots shore birds, who really on the crab eggs for food. These shore birds frequent the Delaware Bay area to feed on the horseshoe crab eggs every spring. Red Knots The rufa subspecies of Red Knots were listed as a threatened federal candidate species under the Endangered Species Act since 2006. This status means the bird is likely to become endangered, facing extinction, in the foreseeable future. The Red Knots fell from 100,000 to 25,000 along the Delaware Bay, as reported by SmithsonianMag in 2009. Fast...
We’ve Got Personality: An Interview with Macy

We’ve Got Personality: An Interview with Macy

Barks of greetings from your favorite (and only) Travel Animal Doctor blog interview series host of: “We’ve Got Personality”. Meet Jade I am Jade, a rescued lab mix, native to Alabama.  I love to travel, and since I was adopted I have been to Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia. My grandma and grandpa are also avid travelers. They adopted my cousins from Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia.  Meet the Instigator One cousin, who is a born and bred terrier/corgi mix from Tennessee, showed my grandparents how to live the good life in their new abode.  The last time I caught up with Macy, she was barking at a groundhog and causing the pack to go bark-wild.  As soon as her sisters ran to her side and began telling the groundhog what was up, Macy returned to her comfortable couch and watched as her mom yelled at the others to stop, proud of the hysteria she had caused.  Macy, the infamous instigator of her pack, is excited to chat with me today, and create yet another prideful and spectacular buzz.  We’ve Got Personality The Interview Jade:  Hi Macy. Welcome to, “We’ve Got Personality”.  That groundhog still bugging you? Macy:  It is still out there, getting bigger everyday! It is staying out of our yard though, so I consider my daily task at backyard security a job well done.  Jade:  Man, I bet your family is happy that you are there to keep them out of danger. Macy: It is a hard job, but someone has to do it. Where I come from, a groundhog might as well be considered a...
Easy Bean Salsa

Easy Bean Salsa

Easy Bean Salsa The easy bean salsa tastes to me like a fresh and delicious version of a three bean salad. Before making this, all I knew was the three bean salad that came in a can. This, to me, was never very appetizing. My aunt Sue gave me a recipe that serves at least 6 people, and is GREAT to bring to a cook out or a potluck. The sugar and vinegar create a sweet dressing in which the ingredients soak. The combination of all of these earthy ingredients make the dish extremely flavorful, while also remaining very healthy. The recipe mainly consists of vegetables, and contains no animal by-products. It is safe to say that this recipe is completely vegan and vegetarian friendly. Ingredients 15 oz. can of: black eyed peas (rinse and drained) black beans (rinse and drained) pinto beans (rinse and drained) corn (rinse and drained) 1 small jar of diced pimentos (drained) 1 c. of: chopped celery green pepper onion 2-3 finely chopped jalapeños (seeds and stems removed) 1 tsp. salt 1/2 c. oil 1 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. water 3/4 c. apple cider vinegar Directions 1) Thoroughly combine salt, oil, sugar, water and apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil.   Above is a picture of the mixture of salt, oil, sugar, water and apple cider vinegar. 2) Combine the vegetables together (black eyed peas, black beans, pinto beans, corn, diced pimentos, chopped celery, green pepper, onion and jalapeños) and add the apple vinegar solution to the vegetable mixture.   Pictured here are the chopped fresh vegetables. 3) Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.  The easy bean salsa is mixed to perfection. 5) Drain and serve.    Whoop,...
Inspirational Pet Bloggers from BlogPaws 2015: Part II

Inspirational Pet Bloggers from BlogPaws 2015: Part II

Inspirational Pet Bloggers from BlogPaws 2015: Part II This is a continuation of my first post entitled, “Inspirational Pet Bloggers from BlogPaws 2015: Part I”. I attended the 2015 Blog Paws conference in Nashville, TN a few weeks ago and during that time, I met many outstanding bloggers. It became difficult for me to finish my a”paws”, err.. applause.. at just one post. In my last article, I wrote about four outstanding bloggers who I give two paws up. This post is my “Part II” sharing my admiration for bloggers from BlogPaws 2015. <b>5. Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery & Dental Care</b> I am extremely interested in checking out Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care, as it is in Richmond, VA, close to where I reside. I am inspired by the mission for the clinic, to avoid euthanasia by providing low cost surgery for your pet. “Be Chilly’s P.E.E.P” by doing your part in becoming a, “preventing economic euthanasia partner” today. If your pet needs surgery and you do not know if you can cover it, check out the prices of surgeries at Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care. <b>6. Beagles and Bargains</b> I was fortunate to have recognized Luna on my way to the car to go to the airport. Since her owner is also a blogger from Northern Virginia who enjoys hiking, it is funny to me that the first time I met Luna was in Tennessee. Beagles and Bargains is a smart and handy blog set up to talk about deals and ideas to keep your pet happy and healthy without breaking the pocket...
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