Friday, December 28, 2007

Red Knots being considered for endangered species list


The Herald Tribune reports on a study taking place over the next few weeks of a rare migratory shore bird called the Red Knot. Red Knots stop in Florida during a 9,300 mile trek between the Arctic, where they nest, and Tierra del Fuego, where they winter. There were as many as 100,000 Red Knots two decades ago, but biologists estimate only 18,000 to 33,000 remain. A federal study conducted last year predicted that red knots would become extinct in a decade if their numbers continued on the same declining trend.

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