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Rare Bird Numbers Drop 5,000

Rare Bird Numbers Drop 5,000

The American subspecies of Red Knot shorebirds have dropped in population by at least 5,000 , said Defenders of Wildlife recently on their website. The dramatic decline puts them at risk of extinction says the same group. It has not yet been officially placed on the Endangered Species list, and Defenders of Wildlife said it must be, as doing so is one of the only ways left to save the red knots. “A population decline this large and this rapid is almost unequaled in our lifetime. Surely such a bird requires the immediate protection of the Endangered Species Act and needs to be a top conservation priority for all of us,” said Gary Butcher from the National Audubon Society. (Source: Defenders of Wildlife ) The main reason for the birds decline is the fishing industry; commercial fishing has removed an enormous number of horseshoe crabs from Delaware Bay where the birds stop d...

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