A group of Defenders of Wildlife volunteers headed down to the Delaware Bay shore to tag horseshoe crabs, a fundamental part of the bay’s ecology.
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During their migration from the Arctic to South America, red knots stop on beaches along the U.S. east coast and feast on the annual hordes of horseshoe crab eggs. Last fall, many of those beaches were washed away by Hurricane Sandy, leaving conservation groups scrambling to restore them in time for the red knots to pass through.
This spring, I joined Defenders’ expert Caroline Kennedy and a group of scientists from around the world to band red knots on the New Jersey shores of Delaware Bay. See the footage from my experience and get up close and personal with these imperiled shorebirds yourself!
Scientists today released a report announcing that a decrease of at least 5,000 red knots was observed at key wintering grounds in Tierra del Fuego, Chile from the previous year. Could this be the final blow to an already devastated shorebird population?
For these shorebirds, it’s a situation gone from bad to worse: already the victim of plummeting populations, new research reveals that red knot numbers have continued to drop dramatically. With numbers now at their lowest, is there still time to save them?