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May 21, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
VILLAS, N.J. - As other crew members hid behind the dunes, so as not to spook the birds, Larry Niles and Clive Minton peered through binoculars at the trap down the beach. The group had dug a shallow trench, folded a 30- by 60-foot net into it, and hidden it with dried seaweed. Three small cannons were buried along the net, too. All they needed now was to catch the birds. A flock of about 350 was down at the waterline of the Delaware Bay beach. The rising tide was pushing them toward the net. Closer and closer they came.
NEWS
August 9, 2016
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Green Lane: "Shorebirds or Songbirds. " Birding program. If mudflats, search for herons, sandpipers, and plovers; if water levels high, songbirds. Participants are encouraged to bring bincoulars. Age 9 and up. Free. Meet at Church Road Bird Sanctuary, 1010 Church Rd. Contact Kevin Crilley, 215-234-4528, kcrilley@montcopa.org . 6 p.m., Aug. 13.  
SPORTS
June 6, 2008 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
NORWICH, Conn. - Edwar Gonzalez ripped a two-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Trenton Thunder to a 9-6 win over the Connecticut Defenders yesterday in the Eastern League. Lehigh Valley 9, Indianapolis 5 INDIANAPOLIS - Jason Jaramillo's three-run double capped a six-run second as the IronPigs beat the Indians in the International League. Lakewood 6, Delmarva 1 LAKEWOOD, Md. - Drew Naylor struck out 13 in a complete game as the BlueClaws beat the Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League.
SPORTS
April 13, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
ALLENTOWN - Kevin Cash went 3 for 3 with a double and a home run yesterday to lead the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to a 14-4 rout of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the International League. Cash scored three runs and knocked in three. Lehigh Valley starter Rodrigo Lopez gave up nine hits and six runs - three earned - in five innings. Delmarva 14, Lakewood 5 LAKEWOOD, N.J. - BlueClaws starter Jesus Sanchez lasted just two-thirds of an inning, issuing three walks, one hit and three earned runs in a loss to the Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League.
SPORTS
May 29, 2010 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Eric Thames hit a three-run inside-the-park homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, David Cooper slugged a two-run homer to tie the game in the ninth, and Shawn Bowman hit a line drive, scoring Eric Thames with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th as the New Hamphire Fisher Cats beat the Trenton Thunder, 7-6, in an Eastern League game. Altoona 7, Reading 1 ALTOONA, Pa. - The Curve jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in the EL game.
SPORTS
May 17, 2005 | THE INQUIRER
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Rochester Red Wings second baseman Luis Rodriguez stroked a soft single to left field off Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons reliever Martire Franco in the bottom of the ninth inning yesterday to give Rochester a comeback win in the International League game. The Red Barons carried a 6-5 lead into the eighth inning, but lost it when Franco gave up a run in each of the final two innings. Two Scranton errors, one by Franco and another by catcher Tim Gradoville, helped the Red Wings move the winning run into scoring position.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
The small shorebird - a ruddy turnstone - was not happy. Moments ago, it had been feasting on horseshoe crab eggs along the waterline of Delaware Bay near Villas, N.J. But now, University of Georgia researcher Deb Carter had a gentle but inescapable grip on the bird, and her colleague Clara Kienzle was sticking a cotton swab down its throat. Next, they swabbed the bird's other end and then jabbed a slim needle into a vein to draw blood before releasing it. Their goal: to see if this healthy bird was carrying a flu virus.
SPORTS
May 16, 1993 | By Stephen J. Morgan, FOR THE INQUIRER
Outdoors enthusiasts who want to see firsthand how wildlife managers alter habitat to benefit various species should spend some time at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, Del., this spring or summer. The 15,000-acre refuge, on Delaware Bay, is perhaps best known as a place to witness the spectacular fall and spring migrations of ducks and geese. But this month, visitors can get a look at thousands of migrating shorebirds, since May is their peak at the refuge. The gathering of shorebirds at Bombay Hook, one of more than 400 refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is aided considerably by the management practices of refuge personnel.
NEWS
May 4, 2015
The Narrow Edge A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab and an Epic Journey By Deborah Cramer Yale University Press. $28. 304 pp. Deborah Cramer's riveting story of a small shorebird begins with loss: loss of large numbers of birds, of beach and mudflat, of its food, "and a slide toward extinction. " Grim stuff. But in Cramer's able hands, the story of the red knot - a bird inextricably linked with the Delaware Bay and its horseshoe crabs - becomes a scientific page-turner, full of intricacies and astonishment.
SPORTS
June 10, 2007 | THE INQUIRER
READING - Aarom Baldiris hit a three-run home run in the third inning to lead the Trenton Thunder past the Reading Phillies, 7-1, in the Eastern League last night. Ottawa 6, Pawtucket 2 PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Danny Sandoval was 3 for 5 with three RBIs as the Lynx beat the Red Sox in the International League. Delmarva 8, Lakewood 4 SALISBURY, Md. - David Cash had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Shorebirds past the BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League. W.-Salem 3, Wilmington 0 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kyle McCullough struck out eight in six innings to lead the Warthogs past the Blue Rocks in the Carolina League.
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NEWS
August 9, 2016
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Green Lane: "Shorebirds or Songbirds. " Birding program. If mudflats, search for herons, sandpipers, and plovers; if water levels high, songbirds. Participants are encouraged to bring bincoulars. Age 9 and up. Free. Meet at Church Road Bird Sanctuary, 1010 Church Rd. Contact Kevin Crilley, 215-234-4528, kcrilley@montcopa.org . 6 p.m., Aug. 13.  
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
The small shorebird - a ruddy turnstone - was not happy. Moments ago, it had been feasting on horseshoe crab eggs along the waterline of Delaware Bay near Villas, N.J. But now, University of Georgia researcher Deb Carter had a gentle but inescapable grip on the bird, and her colleague Clara Kienzle was sticking a cotton swab down its throat. Next, they swabbed the bird's other end and then jabbed a slim needle into a vein to draw blood before releasing it. Their goal: to see if this healthy bird was carrying a flu virus.
NEWS
May 4, 2015
The Narrow Edge A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab and an Epic Journey By Deborah Cramer Yale University Press. $28. 304 pp. Deborah Cramer's riveting story of a small shorebird begins with loss: loss of large numbers of birds, of beach and mudflat, of its food, "and a slide toward extinction. " Grim stuff. But in Cramer's able hands, the story of the red knot - a bird inextricably linked with the Delaware Bay and its horseshoe crabs - becomes a scientific page-turner, full of intricacies and astonishment.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ending months of input and speculation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday added to its list of threatened species a small shorebird called the red knot, whose round-trip migration of nearly 20,000 miles includes stops on Delaware Bay every spring to refuel on horseshoe crab eggs. The bird's dramatic decline has been blamed by many on aggressive harvesting of the crabs, which are used as bait in other fisheries. However, the red knot is the first bird whose listing identifies climate change as a principal threat to its survival, said Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They look like tiny coriander seeds. And 6,000 of them can easily fit into the bottom of a half-dozen buckets filled with seawater. But the young horseshoe crabs released into the Cape May Canal on Friday, as part of the 26th anniversary of National Estuaries Day, are the essentials of a grow-and-release program at the Rutgers Aquaculture Innovation Center here. The project, called the Horseshoe Crab Enhancement Initiative, helps boost the population of the 450-million-year-old species in the Delaware Bay - an East Coast hot spot for horseshoe crabs - and provides a baseline for further study of the ecologically critical and commercially key marine arthropods.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
VILLAS, N.J. - As other crew members hid behind the dunes, so as not to spook the birds, Larry Niles and Clive Minton peered through binoculars at the trap down the beach. The group had dug a shallow trench, folded a 30- by 60-foot net into it, and hidden it with dried seaweed. Three small cannons were buried along the net, too. All they needed now was to catch the birds. A flock of about 350 was down at the waterline of the Delaware Bay beach. The rising tide was pushing them toward the net. Closer and closer they came.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
It looks as if B95 - a shorebird that has attracted both popularity and paparazzi - is continuing his publicity tour of South Jersey. B95 is a red knot, and the name refers to the identifying letter and number on his leg band. But he also has the nickname Moonbird because, in his long life, researchers figure he has flown the equivalent distance to the moon and halfway back. A week ago, the famed bird was spotted on the Delaware side of Delaware Bay. On Friday, he was spotted on the Jersey side, at Cooks Beach.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Scientists and heavy-equipment operators are racing to restore beaches along New Jersey's Delaware Bay coast that were washed away by Superstorm Sandy. The bay beaches need to be fixed to prevent an ecological calamity for tens of thousands of endangered shorebirds. The birds stop at the Delaware Bay each year to rest and feed during their 10,000-mile migration from South America to the Arctic. It is crucial to replenish the sand before the birds arrive in May. - Associated Press  
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sand trucks are running. The bulldozers are spreading. A nearly $1 million effort is under way to restore Delaware Bay beaches that are - or were, before Hurricane Sandy ravaged them - crucial turf for spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds that depend on crab eggs for refueling. On beaches where there was once ample sand for the crabs to dig into and deposit their eggs, biologists surveying the area after the storm found rugged tufts of sod, which had underlain the sand - part of $50 million in damage to bird habitats affected by Sandy.
NEWS
February 24, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The red knot, a small shorebird whose 10,000-mile migration brings it to Delaware Bay each spring, has been designated an endangered species in New Jersey, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday. Wildlife officials said that the new status, a change from threatened, did not add protections. However, it is formal recognition that despite years of efforts to help the bird, its numbers continue to decline. The red knot population on the bay is about 15,000, down from nearly 100,000 two decades ago. The change was one of several revisions and additions adopted by the DEP. Put on the endangered list were two other birds - the black rail and golden-winged warbler - as well as the gray petaltail, which is a species of dragonfly, and Indiana bat. Six dragonfly species and three birds - the American kestrel, cattle egret, and horned lark - were added to the state's threatened list.
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