The Status of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) on Long Island
ABSTRACT: The distribution and abundance of the red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) and saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) across Long Island are presented. The red knot is a migratory shorebird species that is currently proposed for protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act as a threatened species. The saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow is an obligate resident of salt marshes. It is ranked as one of the Fish and Wildlife Service's species of highest conservation concern in Bird Conservation Region 30 and the subject of intense investigation throughout its range on the Atlantic Coast. These species are part of a rich and diverse avian assemblage on Long Island that is impacted by anthropogenic and natural factors.
Steve Papa is a senior fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services Division in Shirley, NY. He works on issues related to the recovery of threatened and endangered species and the conservation of migratory birds.