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

by Phillip Hoose

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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 pmlyayakkers | 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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  BRCSBooks | May 1, 2013 |
5Q, 3P. This true account of a shorebird named B95, who has travelled the distance to the moon and halfway back in his 20+ years is an amazing survival story. Hoose does a perfect job blending science and story, combining many gorgeous photographs and ecologist profiles in the mix. Any young reader will be guaranteed to gain a lot from this book, caring more deeply about wildlife and our human impact on the environment. Some will even be inspired toward activism. I loved reading about B95, and am eager to check the internet for new sightings of him. ( )
  breeankay | Apr 23, 2013 |
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Salty sea air, screaming gulls, and the grit of sand beneath your feet--you're in the world of the Moonbird. With poetic text, stunning images, and an undercurrent of urgency for ongoing conservation efforts, this book grips readers from the opening words. Each chapter is packed with engaging text, photos, maps, and sidebars. The text reads smoothly and provides important vocabulary for the material, and sensory details are included to bring the story to life. This is a seamless blend of adventure, biography, science, geography, and heartwarming storytelling that is sure to delight young nature lovers! ( )
  jelizabethmills | Apr 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374304688, Hardcover)

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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:29 -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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