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FWS Protects Red Knot as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act - US FWS News Release, 12/9/14
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Since 2003, lime green engraved flags with a unique alpha-numeric combination have been used on shorebirds banded in the United States. These flags can be easily seen using a spotting scope or a good pair of binoculars. Each country in the Americas was assigned a different color flag code by the Pan American Shorebird Program (PASP), making it easier to identify the banders of marked shorebirds. The unique inscription make it possible to track the migratory movements of individuals without having to recapture them.

Below are several images of banded shorebirds. These birds were banded as part of a study to determine migration routes and body condition of shorebirds stopping over in Delaware Bay.

Red knots
Red knots at Stone Harbor
Foreground bird banded on North Captiva Island, FL, 1/2/06
Background bird banded at Mispillion Harbor, DE, 6/6/06
Photo by Bill Moses
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Red knot banded in Florica
Red knot
Banded on Longboat Key, FL, on 12/31/05
Photo by Terry Wright
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Red knot banded in Chile
Red knot
Banded in Tierra del Fuego, Chile on 1/23/07
Photo by Beverly Anderson- Rookery Bay NERR
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Banded sanderling
Sanderlings at Stone Harbor
Banded at Cooks Beach, NJ on 5/14/06
Photo by Bill Buchanan
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Ruddy turnstones
Ruddy turnstones resighted in Puerto Rico
Banded at Reeds Beach, NJ on 5/14/05
Photo by Luis Silvestre
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Semipalmated sandpiper
Semipalmated sandpiper
Resighted in Guadeloupe
Banded in NJ by NJ Audubon Society
Photo by Anthony Levesque
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