Habitat area for migrating shorebirds is expanding under a partnership between the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Delmarva Ornithological Society.
The two organizations are partners in a federal matching grant program to purchase a 52-acre property of marshland adjoining the Mispillion Harbor Reserve and Milford Neck State Wildlife Area. Officials say the region is known globally for its location as a spawning ground for horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds that eat horseshoe crab eggs on their journeys, which may last 9,000 miles. The total purchase price was $130,000 plus settlement costs, $100,000 of which was covered in federal funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.