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Sharing Science to Safeguard the Red Knot

FWS proposes to list the highly migratory shorebird as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act due to declining food supply and habitat related to the combined effects of sea-level rise and development. LCC projects underway can help inform conservation and management strategies to protect the species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa), a robin-sized shorebird that annually migrates from the Canadian Arctic to southern Argentina, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  The proposed rule will be available for 60 days of public comment.

The highly migratory red knot uses spring and fall stopover areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts including critical spring stopover areas along the shorelines of Delaware Bay. The shorebird is losing stopover beach habitat along its range due to sea level rise as well as increasing disturbance and development. North Atlantic LCC projects under way to understand the impact of sea level rise on the Atlantic Coast population of piping plovers by assessing the project impact on their nesting beaches should also help to provide information on how to prioritize beach restoration, conservation and management efforts for the red knot. Learn more.

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