16 August 2007: BirdLife International states
that according to the 2007 Red Knot Assessment Report
published by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Red
Knot could become extinct within 10 years. Numbers of
the Red Knot subspecies (Calidris canutus rufa)
at their wintering grounds in South America have more
than halved since 2000 to 17,000 birds only. In particular
in the border region between South of Brazil and Uruguay
the bird species has suffered major losses.
Some Uruguayan experts, in conjunction with other national
and international organisations, are already working in
the area to establish the possible causes of the casualties
and the role of Uruguay as a stopover for the species.
The Red Knot, which is listed on Appendix I and 2 of the
Convention, was designated for Concerted Actions by the
CMS Conference of the Parties in November 2005 (COP8).
CMS considers it as a priority species for CMS. The 13th
Meeting of the Scientific Council had approved a species
project for funding under the CMS Small Grant Programme.
The project aims at estimating site specific annual survival
of the Tierra del Fuego population at key sites in Argentina
and Chile. A precondition to successful conservation efforts
is therefore to understand and address the causes of the
drastic decline of the subspecies.