Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red Knots Proposed for Endangered Listing

Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red Knots Proposed for Endangered Listing

A federal decision could offer hope to a pair of imperiled bird species.

By Brianna Elliott
Published: 11/21/2013

Shoreline alteration along the Atlantic Coast is also taking a toll on these birds. Dredging, erosion, and the installation of erosion control structures, for example, affect the rest of the red knot's food supply, including clams, mole crabs, and small snails. "When you have all of these problems stacking up against the birds, it's no wonder their population is declining," says Golder.

Populations seem to have stabilized after years of plummeting, though the numbers are still extremely low. Listing is a step in the right direction, says Golder, to get the birds back on track.

Listing both the cuckoo and the red knot as 'threatened' will ensure that their populations are closely monitored and that habitat protections are put in place. A final verdict for each species is expected next summer.

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All birds are important. So

All birds are important. So we need to save the western Yellow billed Cuckoo and the Rufa Red Knot from disappearing forever.

Please help save the

Please help save the incredibly important birds!! All birds are important! We can't afford to lose any more from this planet!

I favor horseshoe crab

I favor horseshoe crab harvests elimination. Leaving in CT I've NO use for the crab or its eggs. I see Red Knots here as they migrate though and seen them from the Delaware area on TV. Their remarkable journey is one the most impressive natural occurance in nature.

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