Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and Acting Field Supervisor Eric Schrading
Goal: Protect the rufa red knot, and amazing migratory species, from habitat loss and environmental degradation.
The rufa red knot is a medium sized shorebird that migrates roughly 9,300 miles from Argentina and Chile to the Canadian Arctic. Some surveys indicate that the red knot population has declined by about 75 percent in less than three decades, with the steepest decline happening in the last decade. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has recently proposed to list the rufa red knot as a threatened species. Please voice your support for comprehensive measures to ensure this amazing migratory shorebird survives.
During the incredible voyage from Patagonia to the Arctic, the rufa red knot stops to recharge in the Mid-Atlantic region. However, losses of habitat and of food sources on the U.S. Atlantic coast have severely damaged the rufa red knot’s population. To make matters worse, the rufa red knot’s habitats in South America and Canada are threatened, due in large part to oil exploration and subsequent spills.
Fortunately, the FWS is currently accepting comments from the public regarding their proposal to list the rufa red knot as a threatened species. The comment period lasts until November 29, 2013. For such an international species, comprehensive reforms are needed and, luckily, can be realized through the upcoming determination of the FWS. Aside from a no-harm, no-kill mandate, these reform measures can include funding research and conservation efforts beyond U.S. borders and requiring individual states to adopt protective regulations.
By signing the petition below you are urging the FWS to commit to these necessary and comprehensive measures. The protection of rufa red knot’s habitat and food sources will help ensure the stabilization of this remarkable shorebird.
Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Director Dan Ashe and Acting Field Supervisor Eric Schrading,
I commend and support your recent proposal to list the rufa red knot as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. As you well know, the rufa red knot population continues to plummet despite some commendable efforts to halt this trend. Without comprehensive protective measures, the result will inevitably be the continued population decline of the rufa red knot.
Please consider this petition during the remaining days of the comment period, as additional evidence and support for the necessity of comprehensive measures to protect this remarkable species. Aside from a no-harm, no-kill mandate, decisive steps must be taken toward funding research and conservation efforts beyond U.S. borders, and requiring individual states to adopt protective regulatory measures. In particular, states must be required to adopt adequate regulatory mechanisms to limit the horseshoe crab harvest and protect the rufa red knot’s habitat.
I urge you to consider the necessity of comprehensive measures and the beneficial effect for the rufa red knot and the ecosystem as a whole. Thank you for your support of the rufa red knot.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: © Hans Hillewaert / CC-BY-SA-3.0