Red Knots Declared Federally Threatened

B95 (center, with orange leg band) recently in Argentina. (Photo by Luis Benegas)

B95 (center, with orange leg band) recently in Argentina. (Photo by Luis Benegas)

“The rufa red knot makes another appearance in the Washington Post.   The taxa was declared Federally Threatened under the Endangered Species act last week.  As a result, hero of the book Moonbird is back in the news.  He is an adult male knot known as B95 who has survived so long that scientists have tallied up his lifetime frequent flyer mileage.  They’ve found that he has exceeded the distance between the earth and the moon–and most of the way back!

I hope he’s still around.   We last saw him late in May.   If he’s alive, he’s probably in Tierra del Fuego now, and with luck we could soon hear reports of his presence.”  —Phil Hoose

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