Can I collect
horseshoe crab eggs?
No! It is illegal to collect horseshoe crab eggs in Maryland without a
permit from the Maryland DNR. At this time, DNR only permits Fisheries
biologists to collect a limited quantity of horseshoe crab eggs for the
When is the
horseshoe crab field day?
The western and eastern shore field days take place in May or June depending
on the year and availability of the site.
Do I need to release
horseshoe crabs to participate in the field day?
No, the field day is an opportunity for students to have a meaningful
outdoor experience that revolves around horseshoe crabs and the near shore
environment. Releasing horseshoe crabs that have been raised is optional.
I think that my
horseshoe crabs have died. What should I do?
Donít panic; clear away any debris from the surface of the sand, making sure
that you do not remove any live horseshoe crabs. If you think that a crab
might be alive, place them under a microscope and look for movement. After
you clear away the debris, look for tracks in the sand. If you see tracks,
chances are that you have live horseshoe crabs. If not, contact the program
coordinator and record the tankís physical and chemical conditions.
Where should I place
my aquariums in my classroom?
Place tanks away from sources of heat (windows, space heaters, heat lamps)
or cold (under A/C vents or open windows). They should be near an electrical
outlet and protected from the possibility of something breaking the tank.
How much baby brine
shrimp should I feed the horseshoe crabs?
This could vary depending on the different experiments that you might be
trying to do.
When do I need to
set up my aquarium tanks?
As soon as you receive your horseshoe crab eggs, set up the aquarium. Donít
wait several days; the eggs will not survive out of non-oxygenated water for
Do I need to replace
the water in my aquarium tanks?
It is recommended that you replace 1/3 of the tank water monthly.
If you have any
questions, feel free to contact Stacy Epperson at 410-260-8775
email@example.com or Cindy Etgen at 410-260-8716