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NEWS
June 6, 2003 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For nearly a decade, scientists worldwide have been watching this marshy corner of the Delaware Bay, predicting an ecological nightmare. A tiny shorebird known as the red knot descends here every spring to feast upon iridescent green horseshoe crab eggs to fuel its long flight to mate in the Arctic. But in a vivid example of the precariousness of the food chain, as the numbers of helmet-shaped crabs have declined, so have the birds. This cold, unforgiving spring, researchers' worst fears have been confirmed: The red knot population on the bay has plummeted to 16,255, about half that of last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2003 | By ROBERT STRAUSS For the Daily News
NO DOUBT the average Jersey Shore beach-goer has a limited amount of sympathy for horseshoe crabs. At midsummer, their hulking shells litter perfectly good wading areas, with the ones long dead smelling up the joint. But the secret is that the horseshoe crab, ugly and dull though it might seem, is one of the Shore's big life-savers. Endangered bird species may be saved from starvation by eating horseshoe crab eggs. Fishermen enhance their catch with horseshoe crab meat. And potential miracle drugs are tested with a compound from horseshoe crab blood.
NEWS
June 22, 2002 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Larry Niles is following the birds - again. And he's got his digital camera with him so you can track his progress. Niles, who heads the state Department of Environmental Protection's Endangered and Nongame Species Program, is deep in the Arctic tundra looking for an intriguing species known as the red knot, which just a few weeks ago had stopped at the Delaware Bay on the way from Antarctica to the Arctic. It is the fourth year that Niles and other researchers have ventured into the wild to look for the tiny aviary puffs that weigh just a few ounces.
SPORTS
September 15, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Nelson Figueroa spun a four-hit shutout and scored the deciding run on Reggie Taylor's seventh-inning single as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons blanked the host Indianapolis Indians, 1-0, last night. The win evens the best-of-five Triple A Governor's Cup finals series at 2-2. Figueroa (2-0), who entered the game a winner in his last four starts of the regular season and first of the postseason, struck out nine and walked only one to register the win. Taylor followed Figueroa's one-out double, the pitcher's second hit of the game, with a one-out RBI single into centerfield off of Horacio Estrada, giving Scranton the only run it needed.
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