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Red Knot Wintering Population Drops by More than 5,000, Accelerating Slide to Extinct

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  • Red Knot Wintering Population Drops by More than 5,000, Accelerating Slide to Extinct

    Scientists released a report announcing that a decrease of at least 5,000 Red Knots was observed at key wintering grounds in Tierra del Fuego, Chile from the previous year. Scientists reported population counts of wintering knots in other locations declined as well. The estimated current total population for the migratory shorebird is now unlikely to be more than 25,000.




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    The trend for Red Knot on that side of the Atlantic has been downward for a while now. However, the report completely overlooks the birds that winter in the Old World. Current RSPB stats suggest 295,000 wintering in UK alone.

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      Originally posted by Sherpa View Post
      The trend for Red Knot on that side of the Atlantic has been downward for a while now. However, the report completely overlooks the birds that winter in the Old World. Current RSPB stats suggest 295,000 wintering in UK alone.
      They're different subspecies, though; C. c. rufa in Tierra del Fuego, C. c. islandica in Britain.

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