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Red Knot Rufa

Threatened status proposed for red knots

In 2005, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network led the creation and submission of a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the red knot (Caladris canutus rufa) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Last month, the USFWS announced it was proposing to list the red knot as “threatened." DRN will be commenting to urge adoption of an even stronger level of protection, but we are pleased that the USFWS has formally (and finally!) recognized the dire situation these birds face and that the agency will be taking greater action to protect them and support their recovery.