Mass Audubon will celebrate International Horseshoe Crab Day in Dartmouth on Thursday, June 27.

Yes, that's a thing.

Mass Audubon invites everyone to celebrate these incredible creatures during an engaging program. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Sara Grady about the natural history and biology of horseshoe crabs, as well as their conservation and management.

This program aims to highlight the significance of horseshoe crabs in the ecosystem and the ongoing efforts to protect them.

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“These prehistoric creatures play a crucial role in the coastal food web, supporting endangered migratory bird species," Mass Audubon notes online. "Their protection represents one of Mass Audubon’s three spotlight advocacy issues.”

Horseshoe crabs are not only fascinating due to their ancient lineage but are also vital for the health of coastal ecosystems. Their eggs provide essential nourishment for many bird species, particularly during migration periods.

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This complimentary program is made possible thanks to the Helen Ellis Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. The free event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Stone Barn at Allen's Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth.

There is no registration required, but attendees are asked to check in with staff upon arrival. Questions can be directed to Mass Audubon at 508-636-2437 or

Marissa Sebastiao contributed to this report. 

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