Man of Steel move over...there is a new superhero up in the skies and he is B95, a rufa red knot, a migratory shore bird who flies some 9,000 miles every year from his wintering grounds at the tip of South America to his breeding grounds near the Arctic Circle. The author documents a year in the life of this remarkable bird, and the dedicated group of scientists that are studying red knots and trying to prevent extinction of this species. B95 is almost 20 years old and during his remarkable lifetime the population of red knots has decreased by 80%. The writing is superb and the story is accompanied by breathtaking photographs and sidebars containing detailed information about the scientists, stopover sites along the way, and methods used to capture, band, and document these birds. The book ends with a well balanced discussion of extinction and what can and should be done for these birds. This is a non-fiction book, which reads like fiction. The reader also comes to share the scientists strong emotions toward B95...willing him to be spotted at each stopover, and cheering for him each time his distinctive band is spotted.
For those who don't know, as of 2015 Moonbird is still alive and traveling. I believe he was spotted this year on the east coast. His tag is fading, though, but still readable.
Every year, the rufa red knots fly from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost point of South America and back. B95—nicknamed Moonbird because he has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back!—was banded in 1995 and is still making the trip. Follow his journey and the many challenges he faces, and meet the people who are trying to save the red knots from extinction. Illus. with photos.
Prepare to be in awe of this tiny creature, who weighs merely ounces and has survived 19 years on Planet Earth migrating each year from the southern most tip of South America to Canada. This magnificent little bird, a rufa red knot with the leg band B95, has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back. How can something so fragile be so indestructible? This book is written for middle school students but is a must read for everyone!
Moonbird, by Phillip Hoose, is the story of an incredible bird, B95. Through his story, we learn about an amazing species of tiny shore bird, the Rufa Red Knot. The size of a robin, this bird has one of the longest distance migrations of any animal — more than 18,000 miles in a round trip. B95 has made that trip 20 times, flying the equivalent of the distance to the moon and halfway back, earning him the nickname Moonbird. Hoose's storytelling brings B95 to life for readers in a way that makes them care about Moonbird as much as any character in a fictional book. They can be swept up in the story as surely as in any novel, while being left with an admiration for this plucky species and a greater understanding of the environmental issues that threaten its survival. If the story of this incredible shore bird sparks your interest in endangered bird species, be sure to check out Phillip Hoose's book about the ivory-billed woodpecker, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird.
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