Press Release Center for Biological Diversity
Rare Atlantic Coast Shorebird Protected Under Endangered Species Act
Red Knot, Imperiled Long-distance Flyer, Threatened by
Loss of Horseshoe Crabs, Habitat and Climate Change
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the red knot as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The robin-sized shorebird, which twice a year makes an epic 9,000-mile migration between southern South America and the Canadian Arctic, has declined by 75 percent since the 1980s. Threatened by loss of an essential food, horseshoe crabs, as well as habitat destruction, the bird is also at risk from climate change, which threatens to destroy many of its shoreline stopover areas as well as its breeding habitat in the far north. Today’s decision was made in accordance with a settlement requirement with the Center for Biological Diversity that requires the agency to make decisions on protection for 757 species.