March 16, 2022
The Red Knots Are Here
The Red Knots are here! When they first arrive, they appear relatively anonymous in winter plumage but are unmistakable in spring when they wear robin-red on their chest. Red Knots undertake an incredible journey from South America to the Arctic, traveling over 9,000 miles, sometimes flying for 6-8 days continuously over the open ocean without stopping. During their migration, Kiawah is a critical staging area to rest and feed before continuing to their Arctic breeding grounds.
Here’s how we can ensure they complete their journey:
- Keep a respectful distance and do not make noise around them.
- Do not walk or bike through the flocks.
- Do not allow your dogs to chase the birds. If Red Knots are present in the “dog off-leash” area of the beach, keep your dog on a leash and take them away from the birds. Allowing dogs to chase Red Knots violates Town Ordinances and Federal Laws.