The Milton area is the epicenter of a shorebird migration and spawning by tens of thousands of horseshoe crabs each year and will celebrate with its Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26 at Milton Memorial Park, 113 Union St., and at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 11978 Turkle Pond Road.

A free shuttle bus will take festival-goers between the two locations.

Milton Memorial Park will feature more than 25 nature-themed vendors, food trucks, entertainment, a children’s activity tent and a nature education tent. Prime Hook has scheduled guided canoe trips, nature walks, birdhouse building and other activities. Admission to the festival and activities is free.

Activities taking place throughout the week leading up to the festival include a presentation on the diamondback terrapin by Olivia McDonald from Delaware Seashore Park at 7 p.m. May 24; and a screening of the documentary “Feast on the Beach” with director Michael Oates at 7 p.m. May 25. Both will be held at the Milton Historical Society, 210 Union St.

The festival is hosted by Milton Chamber of Commerce, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Milton Historical Society. Sponsors include Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Bayhealth Medical Center and Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant.

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