The Ecological Research and Development Group is the world’s leading conservation organization focused on a true ocean survive: horseshoe crabs. Founded in 1995, ERDG supports research, education, legislation, and direct conservation efforts such as creation of horseshoe crab nesting sanctuaries. One creative program is the “Just Flip ‘Em Campaign,” which urges beach-goers to recognize the value of each individual stranded crab and take the time to turn it over, allowing it to return to the water. This elegantly simple program saves the lives of breeding age horseshoe crabs up and down the Atlantic Coast.
The Dharmadhatu Center in Dover, Delaware is affiliated with the Xuafa Institute and honors and celebrates the teachings of H. H. Dorje Chang Budda III. The Center actively practices Buddhist values at annual Dharma Assemblies on the mid-Atlantic coast, when Buddhists from around the region gather for a ceremony blessing horseshoe crabs and to act on their belief in the animals’ worth as living beings by rescuing stranded crabs and returning them to the sea.