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Sandpipers Exhibit Different Feeding Behavior Depending On Position In Group
2013-10-28 11:52:55

University of Montreal The behavior of semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) feeding during low tide in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, surprised Guy Beauchamp, an ornithologist and research officer at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. While individuals on the periphery remained alert and used short pecks to feed on the mudflats, birds in the middle of the group relaxed their vigilance and fed on a different resource. The more peripheral group members were...

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2011-07-06 08:00:00

Speculation that the welfare of a small, at-risk shorebird is directly tied to horseshoe crab populations is in part supported by new scientific research.

2011-03-31 00:00:28

Delaware Bay will be celebrated as a “Site of Hemispheric Importance” for shorebirds at a 25-year anniversary event on May 9, 2011 in Bivalve, Port Norris, NJ. Henry M. Paulson, Jr., conservationist and 74th Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, will give the keynote address.

2009-08-07 14:05:11

A bar-tailed godwit, a bird banded near Victoria, Australia, was found more than 8,000 miles away in the western Arctic area of Alaska, wildlife experts said. While tagged birds are sometimes seen in the region where they were released, it's rare to see them so far from a release site, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said in a release Friday. While we know that birds from all over the world come to the Arctic to breed, to see a living example first hand is a powerful reminder of the...

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2009-02-18 14:29:35

Declining numbers of a shorebird called the red knot have been linked to bait use of horseshoe crabs.

2008-09-11 18:00:17

By DAN SVINGEN The weather is cooling. The kids are studying. The harvest is roaring. The shotguns are shining. These iconic images proclaim that autumn is soon upon us. For some of our fellow creatures, however, that is hardly a news flash.

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2008-05-28 08:52:53

Experts are pointing to restrictions in U.S. east coast states on harvesting horseshoe crabs as the cause of the recent surge in the population of endangered migrating shore birds after years of over-fishing.

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2006-06-07 07:25:00

On a remote New Jersey beach, a team of biologists huddled behind a dune, out of sight of a flock of birds that gathered on a stretch of sand.

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2006-03-31 06:58:18

Environmentalists won a key battle Thursday in their efforts to protect the red knot, a small bird that migrates through the Delaware Bay.

2005-06-07 07:11:40

Environmentalists on Tuesday will urge the governors of New Jersey and Delaware to enforce strong new protections for a migratory shorebird threatened with extinction.


Latest Calidris Reference Libraries

Great Knot, Calidris tenuirostris
2013-04-23 23:23:04

The Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) is a small sized wader, although, it is the largest of the calidrid species. Their breeding habitat is tundra in the northeast parts of Siberia. They nest on the ground, laying about four eggs in a ground scrape. They are strongly migratory, wintering on the coasts in southern Asia through to Australia. This species forms extremely large flocks during the winter. It’s a rare vagrant to western Europe. This bird has short dark legs and a...

The Great Knot, Calidris tenuirostris
2012-10-29 15:22:28

A long-legged wading bird, The Great Knot, is the largest of the calidrid species. They breed in the tundra of North Siberia, and migrate strongly in the winter to the coasts of Southern Asia through Australia, traveling in very large flocks. They lay about four eggs on the ground in a ground scrape. Great Knots migrate over long distances and use a limited number of staging sites during its annual round trip between the breeding grounds of Russia, and the non breeding grounds of Australia....

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2009-02-28 22:30:52

The Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) is a species of shorebird found in open grasslands and fields across central North America and Alaska. It is migratory and winters in South America. It is a very rare visitor to Europe, and mostly only occurs in the Isles of Scilly, where it can be very tame. It used to be known as the Upland Plover or the Bartram's Sandpiper. The genus name commemorates the American naturalist William Bartram. The Adult is 11 to 12.5 inches long with a 19.5 to...

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2009-02-28 22:28:58

The Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) is a species of wading bird that breeds in sub-Arctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia. It is migratory and winters in Africa and southern Asia, including India. Its preferred winter habitat is fresh waters. This bird has a short fine bill, brown back and long yellowish legs. It has a small white rump patch. It is closely related to the Common Redshank and Marsh Sandpiper. The Wood Sandpiper nests on the ground, or reuses an...

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2009-02-28 22:20:20

The Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) is a species of wading bird that breeds across sub-Arctic Europe and Asia. It is migratory and winters in southern Europe and Asia, and tropical Africa. This bird has a dark green back, grayish head and breast and otherwise white underparts. The back is spotted heavily in breeding adults. Spotting is less apparent in young birds and less visible in the winter months. The legs and bill are dark green. In flight, it shows dark wings above and below, and...

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