Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red Knots Proposed for Endangered Listing
A federal decision could offer hope to a pair of imperiled bird species.
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.