Interview: Wildlife biologist Larry Niles on efforts to protect red knots and horseshoe crabs

We bring you the story of an endangered bird’s perseverance and the work of one local man to help it survive. The tiny red knot weighs just 4.7 ounces, yet manages to migrate 10,000 miles every year from South America to the Canadian Arctic, making a crucial stopover right here in New Jersey on the Delaware Bay.

The shorebird relies on a feast of horseshoe crab eggs found along our coastline to stay alive. For the last 25 years, wildlife biologist Larry Niles has made it his mission to make sure neither goes extinct.

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