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Bird Study, Conserving Wildlife, Delaware Bay, Delaware Bay 2015, habitat management, Red Knot, Science, Shorebird, shorebird conservation, shorebird ecology, wildlife conservation, wildlife tracking

2015 Delaware Bay Shorebird Banding Season Ends


Previous Post All our efforts to help shorebirds on Delaware Bay this year couldn’t have been better rewarded – nearly every red knot left the bay in good condition and in one of the earliest departures in the 19 years of the Project. We counted just over 24,000 knots in our aerial count of the entire Bayshore on May 26th. Just two days later, most had left and we could find only a few hundred, feeding on eggs like human shoppers feed on bargains at a half-price sale. By May 31st, virtually all were gone, along with the ruddy turnstones,…

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Conserving Wildlife, Delaware Bay, Science

A recovery as slow as a horseshoe crab on a cold day

threats to horseshoe crabs

We begin our Delaware Bay Shorebird Project on both sides of the bay this week and as always, it’s a time to look at our program and see where we are and ask the question where would we like to go?  What is happening to the birds, the horseshoe crabs, are things getting better. The most recent horseshoe crabs surveys suggest there has been no improvement in horseshoe crab numbers since the ASMFC began its regulations affecting the harvest of crabs in 1998.  Moreover the survival models developed for horseshoe crab and red knots developed by a team of scientists,…

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Expeditions and Travels, shorebird ecology, texas

The Secret Life of Shorebirds


I just returned from field research on red knots at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, a place better known as a nesting site for Kemp’s Ridley Turtles than for shorebirds. We nearly accomplished all our banding objectives in the first few days, but then the knots left. Still at low weight, it’s unlikely they left successfully prepared to reach their Arctic breeding areas. They could have flown over to the Laguna Madre, a large hyper-saline, state-sized bay on the backside of the island, but a cursory search turned up nothing. They might have moved up the Texas coast, but…

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Chile, conservation, Expeditions and Travels, wildlife conservation

Chile 2007 – Shorebird Project Team


Larry Niles PhD is the Chief Biologist with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation and former chief of the NJ Endangered Species Program. He has led expeditions to the Arctic and Tierra del Fuego for the last 7 years. He co-leads this expedition with Amanda Dey. Amanda Dey PhD is a Senior Biologist with NJ Endangered Species Program, Shorebird Project Leader for NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Sepcies Program, and co-leader of the Expedition. This is her fifth Tierra del Fuego expedition. Humphrey Sitters PhD is with the International Wader Study Group, Edits the Wader Study Group Bulletin,…

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