Sunday, May 19, 2013

Red Knot Movie at Kingstone Greenway May 22


This Wednesday in Kingston, you can hear the latest on the heroic efforts to save the red knot, the bird that flies each year from the southern tip of South America up to the arctic to breed. Along the way, it makes a crucial pit stop in New Jersey to refuel on rich, fatty eggs left on the beaches of the Delaware Bay by horseshoe crabs. Those beaches were swept away by Hurricane Sandy, but a last minute effort came from government and nonprofits to restore some of the beaches in time for the horseshoe crabs' arrival. I've added some links from news stories below, including news of one tagged red knot that's flown farther than the distance from earth to moon.

Kingston Greenways Association Annual Meeting and the showing of a film Crash: A Tale of Two Species 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote RoadKingston.

After a very brief business meeting, Maria Grace, Education and Outreach Manager for Conserve Wildlife, will introduce this PBS Documentary that explores the relationship between the red knot and the horseshoe crab.  A discussion and an opportunity for questions will follow.

The meeting is free and open to all.  Refreshments will be served.

For further information contact:  http://kingston greenways.org/   or  609-750-1821

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/05/horseshoe_crabs_and_red_knots.html

"Moonbird"--a banded red knot documented to have flown farther in its annual migrations than the distance from earth to moon. http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130517/NEWS08/130517018/-Lost-red-knot-rediscovered-along-Delaware-Bay

Here's some Moonbird math: 240,000 miles to the moon. A red knot flies 18,600 miles round trip each year. The "Moonbird" red knot has been observed by birders since it was banded in 1995. That means it has flown more than 316,000 miles.

Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Festival being held this weekend (May 17-19): http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/2010-04-07-20-18-16/middle-township-events/38559--wetlands-institute-to-hold-spring-shorebird-and-horseshoe-crab-festival.html

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