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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

by Phillip Hoose

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This book and topic align with several of the science common core standards that are taught in these grades. This book can be paired with lessons on endangered animals, environment, habitat, and birds to name a few. Students can use this as reference material. ( )
  tsmith18 | Apr 22, 2016 |
Who knew that a bird could be a central character in a suspenseful environmental narrative? Phillip Hoose pulls you into B95's amazing saga as well as the larger story of red knots and shorebirds, their stamina and incredible migrations, plus their value to nature's chain of life. Perfect for budding environmentalists, young birders, and fans of non-fiction. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Adult Reader Reaction: Love the concept and was eager to keep reading … until I got about halfway through. Although I liked the breakaways to read the biographies of the scientists, by the fourth chapter the material had gotten too tedious. I think it will appeal more to adults than kids.

Pros: Lots of photography and maps help readers understand the big journey of this tiny little bird.

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  TheReadingTub | Sep 28, 2014 |
The story of a small bird that has successfully made an annual 18,000 mile migration for the last 20 years, with discussion of the effects environmental changes are having on migratory birds. ( )
1 vote lilibrarian | May 24, 2013 |
The audiobook is read by the author with a wonderful "Wild America" tone. The story is about a fascinating species of shorebird that travels a distance equivalent to going to the Moon during their lifetime. It focuses on years of study and the conservation efforts to keep the bird from going extinct. ( )
  StefanieGeeks | May 18, 2013 |
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B95 can feel it: a stirring in his bones and feathers. It’s time. Today is the day he will once again cast himself into the air, spiral upward into the clouds, and bank into the wind.

He wears a black band on his lower right leg and an orange flag on his upper left, bearing the laser inscription B95. Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this gritty, four-ounce marathoner has flown the distance to the moon—and halfway back! 

B95 is a robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies rufa. Each February he joins a flock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego, headed for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, nine thousand miles away.  Late in the summer, he begins the return journey.

B95 can fly for days without eating or sleeping, but eventually he must descend to refuel and rest. However, recent changes at ancient refueling stations along his migratory circuit—changes caused mostly by human activity—have reduced the food available and made it harder for the birds to reach. And so, since 1995, when B95 was first captured and banded, the worldwide rufa population has collapsed by nearly 80 percent. Most perish somewhere along the great hemispheric circuit, but the Moonbird wings on. He has been seen as recently as November 2011, which makes him nearly twenty years old. Shaking their heads, scientists ask themselves: How can this one bird make it year after year when so many others fall? 

National Book Award–winning author Phillip Hoose takes us around the hemisphere with the world’s most celebrated shorebird, showing the obstacles rufa red knots face, introducing a worldwide team of scientists and conservationists trying to save them, and offering insights about what we can do to help shorebirds before it’s too late. With inspiring prose, thorough research, and stirring images, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through the triumph of a single bird. 

Moonbird is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:57 -0400)

Documents the survival tale of an intrepid shorebird who has endured annual migrations between Argentina and the Canadian Arctic throughout the course of a long lifetime while his species continues to decline.

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