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Books about the Knot

The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.

Knot (Red Knot)
Calidris canutus
Family: Scolopacidae

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The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab & an Epic Journey

Deborah Cramer

Yale University Press


"Each year, red knots, sandpipers weighing no more than a coffee cup, fly a near-miraculous 19,000 miles from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic and back. Along the way, they double their weight by gorging on millions of tiny horseshoe crab eggs. Horseshoe crabs, ancient animals that come ashore but once a year, are vital to humans, too: their blue blood safeguards our health. Now, the rufa red knot, newly listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, will likely face extinction in the foreseeable future across its entire range, 40 states and 27 countries. The first United States bird listed because global warming imperils its existence, it will not be the last: the red knot is the twenty-first century’s 'canary in the coal mine.' Logging thousands of miles following the knots, shivering with the birds out on the snowy tundra, tracking them down in bug-infested marshes, Cramer vividly portrays what’s at stake for millions of shorebirds and hundreds of millions of people living at the sea edge."

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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Philip Hoose

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


"B95 is a robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies "rufa. "Each February he joins a flock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego, headed for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, nine thousand miles away. Late in the summer, he begins the return journey. .... National Book Award winning author Phillip Hoose takes us around the hemisphere with the world's most celebrated shorebird, showing the obstacles "rufa" red knots face, introducing a worldwide team of scientists and conservationists trying to save them, and offering insights about what we can do to help shorebirds before it's too late. With inspiring prose, thorough research, and stirring images, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through the triumph of a single bird."

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Status of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) in the Western Hemisphere

Editors: L.J. Niles, H.P. Sitters, A.D. Dey, P.W. Atkinson, A.J. Baker, K.A. Bennett, R. Carmona, K.E. Clark, N.A. Clark, C. Espoz, P.M. González, B.A. Harrington, D.E. Hernández, K.S. Kalasz, R.G. Lathrop, R.N. Matus, C.D.T. Minton, R.I.G. Morrison, M.K. Peck, W. Pitts, R.A. Robinson, and I.L. Serrano

Studies In Avian Biology 36

Cooper Ornithological Society


"Comprises sections on taxonomy; physical description; distribution in time and space; biology and natural history; habitat; population size and trends; threats; summary of land ownership and exiting habitat protection; past and current conservation and habitat management activities; monitoring effects and management activities; conservation goals and the surveys, monitoring research, and management needed to support them; and an update on the status of the Red Knot."

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Report On The Migration Of Red Knots Calidris Canutus Rufa And Turnstone Arenaria Interpres Passing Through Delaware Bay In 2003

N.A. Clark, P.W. Atkinson, J.A. Clark, S. Gillings & R. Robinson

BTO Report 351

British Trust For Ornithology


A 40 page report.

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Red Knots Calidris Canutus in Delaware Bay 2002: Survival, Foraging and Marking Strategy

P.W. Atkinson

BTO Report 308

British Trust For Ornithology


A 40 page report.

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Arrival and Weight Gain of Red Knot Calidris Canutus, Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria Interpres and Sanderling Calidris Alba Staging in Delaware Bay in Spring

R.A. Robinson, P.W. Atkinson, and N.A. Clark

BTO Report 307

British Trust For Ornithology


A 50 page report which analyses patterns of weight gain in three species of shorebirds over a six year period between 1997 and 2002. Birds were caught in May of each year on both the Delaware and New Jersey sides of the Bay using cannon nets.

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A Preliminary Analysis of the Survival Rates of Red Knots Calidris Canutus Rufa Passing Through the State of Delaware 1997-2001

P.W. Atkinson, I.G. Henderson, and N.A. Clark

BTO Report 274

British Trust For Ornithology


A 20 page report.

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The Flight of the Red Knot: A Natural History Account of a Small Bird's Annual Migration from the Arctic Circle to the Tip of South America and Back

Brian Harrington

W W Norton & Co


This work examines the lifestyle and migration patterns of the Red Knot in the Americas. The book also uses the knot as a paradigm for examining broader topics of migration, behavior, ecology, and especially conservation. Includes many colour photographs.

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Close to the Edge: Energetic Bottlenecks and the Evolution of Migratory Pathways in Knots

T. Piersma



A collection of 18 papers concerning the Knot based on the author's doctoral thesis.

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The Migration of Knots

Editors: T Piersma and N Davidson

International Wader Studies No. 4

Wader Study Group Bulletin 64, Supplement

Wader Study Group


A 200 page book that presents 28 papers from a workshop on `Recent advances in understanding Knot migrations' held in Ribe, Denmark, in 1989. Papers cover origins and distributions of subspecies, migration systems, Islandica Knots in spring and summer, and autumn and winter in Europe and Africa.

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Last updated September 2013