what if we told you that you could: 1.) go to the beach, 2.) participate in a regional science project, and, 3.)win little pub stuff all at the same time?
we’re big fans of project limulus, a regional project that studies the movement and migration of horseshoe crabs up and down the eastern seaboard. you know horseshoe crabs, they’re those creepy looking things that crawl up on the beach during high tides. they may look just like that thing from the alien movies but they’re actually quite friendly as far as crabs go. probably because they know you can’t eat them.
anyway, every summer, hundreds of volunteers tag horseshoe crabs with markers so that their summer travel plans can be studied by scientists.
so we took a set of the project limulus tags and “customized” them with our sharpie. you might find a tag with a hamburger on it. a dollar sign. or maybe a pint of beer.
so this weekend go to the beach and take a look around. if you find a crab, look for a tag on it. you don’t even have to pick the crabs up, just jot down the tag number, call the toll free number, tell the nice person on the line where you found it, and you’re participating in the study. but wait, keep that tag number and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. if it matches up with our set, you’re a winner.
so get on out there and see what you can find. who knows, you might end up like charlie bucket finding a golden ticket to the wonka factory (albeit a golden ticket with 10 legs.).
learn more on project limulus here: http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/13692_project_limulus.cfm