An Emerging Situation – Tracking the Blue Land Crab and Other Aquatic Nuisance Species Through the Power of Community Science
Dr. Bronwyn W. Williams, Research Curator, Non-Molluscan Invertebrates, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
In July 2023, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission received a report of a blue land crab on Emerald Isle. While this was the first report of this species in North Carolina, it has not been the last; community engagement will continue to be invaluable in determining its distribution, spread, and behavior. Join us to learn about blue land crabs, the humorous stories behind early reports in South Carolina and North Carolina, and how YOU can help with this unique community science endeavor!