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Save our most iconic shorebird

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Raised by 18 people in 3 months
You may not have heard of Red Knots, but they are one of North America's most spectacular shorebird migrants. They breed in the Canadian Arctic and migrate to the other end of the Hemisphere, to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America - a journey of 15,000 kilometres each way! What a bird!! The most famous individual was tracked for over 20 years, and flew the distance to the moon and back in its lifetime!
   Now, these wonderful birds are in crisis! Their population has crashed ... by 80%! They are the victims of human impact, principally overfishing of their main prey, Horseshoe Crab eggs in Delaware Bay, and climate change. They are regarded as an Endangered Species in Canada.
   But they can be saved ... and the most basic piece of information we need is to track their numbers. This is done with aerial surveys in Tierra del Fuego. I have been doing aerial surveys for shorebirds for over 40 years (including surveys around the coast of South America in the 1980s, when we found where knots winter) and have continued this work to this day.
   But now funding has become difficult. If we are to save the knots, we need to track their numbers ... this number reflects how successful the many conservation initiatives for this species are.  It is essential information.
   Please help with this project ... it is one of the most significant shorebird conservation initiatives in the Western Hemisphere.
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Work continues actively on the Red Knot, as they make their way south from the Arctic, after what appears to have been a very difficult breeding season caused by late snow and poor weather. I have just returned from carrying out helicopter surveys (see photo) in James Bay of knots on southward migration. We found major new concentrations on Akimiski Island - very exciting, with the largest total recorded in the southern half of James Bay in recent years (preliminary counts more than 10,000). The ground crews in James Bay spotted a knot with an orange flag B53 - which was banded in Tierra del Fuego in November 2001, making it now 18 years old! It has flown over 500,000 kilometres since then, the distance to the moon and part way back!!
The count in Tierra del Fuego next January will be more important than ever to see what has happened this year - please consider encouraging your friends or interested organizations to contribute!!
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Campaign off to a great start, and I cannot thank everyone enough who has made a donation (account at around $1000 already after 3 days!). Conditions on the breeding grounds did not look very good this year, so we remain more concerned than ever about the Tierra del Fuego knots. Next January's surveys will be more important than ever in following what has happened and in helping drive conservation efforts. Please encourage your friends and any organizations you may know to help save this iconic shorebird!
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