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Read more about the New Jersey Red Knot project.


Biologists with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program are studying the red knot. The team conducts expeditions to the wintering grounds in Tierra del Fuego and the arctic breeding areas to try to estimate the population size.

The knot, a dove-sized, red-breasted shorebird, flies an incredible 10,000 mile journey from its arctic breeding grounds to winter in Tierra del Fuego. On their return journey to the arctic, the birds run out of fuel and stop over on the Delaware Bay shore where they gorge on the eggs of the horseshoe crab. Delaware Bay is the most important stopover on the flyway. The purpose of the project is to help determine the change in the status of the red knot population as a result of declining horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay.


For more informations, please contact:

Dr. Larry J. Niles
Endangered and Nongame Species Program
N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 400
Trenton, NJ

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