Shorebirds, the World’s Greatest Travelers, Face Extinction

What’s going on with shorebirds? These exquisitely evolved champions of extreme migration are facing shocking obstacles in their day to day lives. So much so that even shorebirds like Red Knots, which can fly over open water for 8 days – no sleeping, no eating, just flying non-stop – may not be able to survive some of the ways humans intervene.


With beautiful images and animations, this thoughtful opinion piece in the New York Times written by John Fitzpatrick, the Executive Director at the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell, is a must read.


Short-billed Dowitchers; Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel