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Thought I'd send this alert to bird lovers in MO in case you'd like to take action to help this wonderful migrant.

Dear Wildlife
Supporter,

Next week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)
will decide the fate of the red knot, a unique shorebird whose very
survival is threatened. If officials don't act quickly, our
country could lose this amazing bird forever.

Send an e-mail now and help save the red knot. Urge the Commission to
approve its proposed two-year moratorium on the horseshoe crab
commercial bait fishery. 

http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=5AZe-Eka8-eQyppc6T7etw..

We've written to you before about the red knot's plight, and
your contributions so far have been phenomenal. Wildlife supporters
like you have contributed thousands of letters, phone calls, and
e-mails in support of the red knot.

Now the red knot's moment of truth is fast approaching and we
desperately need your help again.

This robin-sized shorebird travels from as far south as the tip of
South America to the Canadian Arctic each spring to produce and raise
its offspring. To make the last leg of its spectacular journey, it
depends on the fat-rich eggs of horseshoe crabs laid on the beaches of
Delaware Bay

Unfortunately, overfishing of horseshoe crabs has created a shortage
in the crab eggs red knot's need to survive their migration.
Scientists predict that the red knot could go extinct as soon as 2010!

ASMFC has now proposed a solution to address the red knot's
alarming situation: a two-year ban on the commercial harvesting of
horseshoe crag eggs. This ban will provide a much needed "time
out" for the red knot and give scientists and other officials
more time to find a solution to the red knot crisis.

Help us end a loud, clear message to ASMFC members that they ought to
support the two-year ban and give the red know a second chance for
survival. 

Public comments are due MONDAY, APRIL 17, so please send your message
today.

http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=XmKwKETWTOXAsg-S1nwyUg..

Thanks for your continued support of imperiled critters like the red
knot. Without people like you, our nation's great wildlife
heritage would be at great risk.

With your help, we can prevent this special bird from becoming
extinct.

Sincerely,

Claudia Tejada Riley
National E-Advocacy Associate
Defenders of Wildlife

 



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