|Flock of Red Knots (Calidris canutus) flying by|
|Red Knots where two of them are banded|
I began to takes images of any banded Red Knot that I saw while out photographing on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and reported them. I even looked for them on the tidal flats of Panama City and in Costa Rica.
|Twelve year old banded Red Knot|
|Foraging Red Knot in nonbreeding plumage|
|Red Knot at sunrise going south for the winter|
Red Knots are on the edge of extinction and without further regulation of Horseshoe Crab harvesting in North America plus additional protection and conservation measures for Red Knots they may well disappear in our lifetime.
For more Information on Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs:
To Report Resightings of Banded Red Knots
PBS: Crash: A Tale of Two Species Very compelling (Full video)
Ecological Society of America : Demographic consequences of migratory stopover: linking red knot survival to horseshoe crab spawning abundance
USGS confirms horseshoe crab, shorebird link
American Bird Conservancy: Red Knot Wintering Population Drops by More than 5,000, Accelerating Slide to Extinction
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: The Horseshoe Crab - A Living Fossil
Friends of the Red Knot