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Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey
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Publisher:  Birdsong Books ISBN-10:  0966276159 Type: 


Copyright:  May, 2006

Traces the 20,000-mile annual migration of one Red Knot from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle nesting grounds and back. A journal-style narrative takes young readers each step of a dramatic journey that pits a robin-sized shorebird against bad weather, fatigue, predators, and food shortages.

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May 11: Late afternoon, Red Knot flies out over the Atlantic Ocean. With no landmarks to guide her, she makes a turn northwest toward Delaware Bay, 4,000 miles away.
May 12: At midnight, Red Knot crosses the equator. The stars and the Earth’s magnetic forces help keep her on course.
May 13: Rain and winds beat against Red Knot. Her small wings pumping hard, she rises 10,000 feet above the storm to clear skies.
May 14: Exhausted, Red Knot’s body fat is gone. Her body now must burn muscle for energy to keep her aloft.

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Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/19/2005
Being both a nature lover and a bird watcher, this truly sounds like one fascinating bird, and book, Nancy; and I just ordered it through
Reviewed by Nancy Willis 11/17/2005
Imagine you weigh no more than two sticks of butter. Now imagine flying nonstop for five days and nights (with no food or rest) over the Atlantic Ocean, with no landmarks to guide you! Every year, Red Knots make several long distance flights on their 20,000-mile migration from the tip of South America to their Arctic Circle nesting grounds. Their most critical stop is in Delaware Bay, where they fatten up on horseshoe crab eggs before making the last flight to the Arctic. In the last decade, over-harvesting of horseshoe crabs for bait in conch and eel traps has caused the Red Knot population to plummet. In August, 2005, National Audubon and other wildlife organizations petitioned for emergency protection of Red Knots under the Endangered Species Act. Some scientists predict their extinction by the year 2010.

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