Sandy's wake leaves shore birds in dire straitsFebruary 2nd, 2013 by Mary Esch in Biology / Ecology
In this May 13, 2011 file photo, red knots rest at Slaughter Beach in Delaware during their annual migration. Superstorm Sandy damaged beaches along the Delaware Bay where horseshoe crabs lay their eggs every year. As do other migrating shore birds, the red knot depends on those eggs for survival during long seasonal migrations. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Gary Emeigh) NO SALES
Beach and habitat losses attributable to Superstorm Sandy have wildlife groups scrambling to repair the damage by the time spring birds arrive.
The storm washed away sand and vegetation that many species spawn in or call home, or polluted habitats with oil and sewage.
Particularly troublesome is damage to the beaches of the Delaware Bay in southern New Jersey. The area is known for birds including the red knot. The shorebird stops there to feed on crab eggs on the way from South America to the Arctic.
But Sandy washed away sand that the crabs need to spawn. And repair work will cost millions of dollars.
The money for it and other repairs to help habitats will come from federal and state governments and nonprofit organizations.
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