Shorebirds – red knot
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ShorebirdsOf the six subspecies of red knot, three are in decline and two appear to be declining, while the trend for the sixth subspecies is not clear. Although the red knot is not yet considered to be threatened globally, it is a long-distance migratory species dependent on a limited number of stopover and wintering sites, and is particularly vulnerable to habitat change along its migration routes. Climate change may be beneficial to this species in the short term if there is an earlier snowmelt and more food is available but ecosystem changes over the longer term may result in a loss of Arctic breeding habitat. The decline in red knots is representative of the overall declining trend in waders.