Red Knots Protected

Red Knot, Photo: Greg Breese / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

After more than a decade of battling in the courts, Defenders of Wildlife and other environmental groups succeeded in getting the protections an imperiled shorebird called the red knot so desperately need. In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its decision to formally list the red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This means FWS found that the red knot was likely to become endangered throughout all or most of its natural range and new protections will be put into place to help protect the red knot from further decline. This includes creating a recovery plan for the species, protecting important red knot habitat and making sure that federally-permitted activities don’t harm red knots, among other measures. And that’s some very good news for this far-flying little bird.