Date: 9/9/17 11:31 am From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Red Knot discussion
Posting this on behalf of a visiting scholar from MIT, Deborah Cramer, who
will be giving a talk on Red Knots and horseshoe crabs this coming
Wednesday at the National Academy of Sciences in Irvine.
*Wednesday, September 13, 2017 The Narrow Edge*
Each year tiny sandpipers -- red knots -- undertake a near miraculous
19,000 mile journey from one end of the earth to the other and back. In
this firsthand account, Deborah Cramer accompanies them on their
extraordinary odyssey along the length of two continents, tracking birds
from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic. On the full moon of
spring's highest tides, she seeks out horseshoe crabs -- ancient,
primordial animals whose eggs are essential to migrating shorebirds, and
whose blue blood, unbeknownst to most people, safeguards human health. The
Narrow Edge offers unique insight into how the lives of humans, red knots
and horseshoe crabs are intertwined. It is an inspiring portrait of loss
and resilience, of the tenacity of birds, and the courage of the many
people who bird by bird and beach by beach, keep red knots flying.
*Deborah Cramer*, Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of
Narrow Edge* won the 2016 Best Book award from the National Academy of
Sciences, the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental
Journalists, and the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law
Center. Two of Cramer’s op-eds about red knots have appeared on the *New
York Times* op-ed page, and she’s written about red knots for BBC Wildlife
and Audubon Magazine.