Red knot population down in wintering grounds

Red Knot banding, New Jersey wildlife

MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – The population of threatened red knots declined substantially at the birds’ wintering grounds in Chile this year, according to a group of researchers from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and other organizations.

The robin-sized sandpiper migrates 10,000 miles from Chile to the Canadian Arctic each Spring, stopping along the Delaware Bay in large numbers to fatten up on millions of horseshoe crab eggs.

A drop in the horseshoe crab population prompted New Jersey to institute a moratorium on harvesting them, but other nearby states still take them for fishing bait and the population still hasn’t rebounded in Delaware Bay …

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