Faces of Conservation

Lois Davis

Lois Davis receiving Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award.

“I never thought I’d end up recruiting volunteers for the annual crab count. However, once I learned more, it was hard to pass up doing something for these age-old creatures.” -- Lois Davis

Lois Davis could write a check every month as a way of giving to the Conservancy’s Delaware chapter. However, the amount payable would have to be enormous to rival what she’s given in time as the chapter’s volunteer Horseshoe Crab Count Coordinator.

“I actually thought I was only going to be helping out during my lunch hour,” says Davis upon reflecting about how she came to volunteer with the chapter.

Several years later, Lois Davis finds herself counting horseshoe crabs on the shores of the Delaware Bay every spring, during high tide ... in the wee hours of the night. Beginning in March, she checks the tidal schedule and then begins contacting past volunteers and others who’ve indicated an interest through the Conservancy’s web-based volunteer form. In April, she retrieves recording tools stored at the local fire house and trains new volunteers. By May and June, Davis has coordinated hundreds of volunteers to count crabs at the Milford Neck Preserve’s Big Stone Beach and the adjoining Bennett’s Beach.

In addition to increasing enthusiasm for horseshoe crabs, the efforts yield data that influences annual harvesting levels for the Delaware Bay’s horseshoe crab sanctuary.

Adds Davis, “By the end of summer, I’m back to helping wherever I may be needed.”

The things we do for the crabs.


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