SC - Ghost worms that feed migrating SC birds threatened by pace of beach renourishment

Those shorebirds scurrying the beach tide line seem to be pecking at nothing at all.

But they’re not.

Their prey is translucent marine worms, more conversationally called ghost worms. Teeny in size, they give migrating species like plovers and red knots the strength to fly a hemisphere.

Recent research shows they have changed little over the eons because they haven’t had to. Now, however, human activity might be depleting that vital migration resource along the Eastern Flyway, one shovelful of dredged sand at a time.

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