The Defenders of Wildlife issued a press release detailing the move by nine different conversation groups to seek emergency protections for the red knot under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The nine groups submitted a letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dale Hall requesting that federal agencies use emergency authorities to list two subspecies of red knot under the ESA. A copy of the letter is available here (pdf).
Additionally, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Ben Cardin (D- MD) sent a letter (pdf) requesting protection for the red knot.