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A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95
Hoose, Phillip M. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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!nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.nbsp;He has been seen as recently as November 2011, which makes him nearly twenty years old.nbsp;Shaking their heads, scientists ask themselves: How can this one bird make it year after year when so many others fall?nbsp; 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.nbsp;With inspiring prose, thorough research, and stirring images, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through the triumph of a single bird.nbsp; Moonbirdnbsp; is one The Washington Post 's Best Kids Books of 2012.
Authors: Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
Title: Moonbird
a year on the wind with the great survivor B95
Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 148 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Phillip Hoose
Contents: Superbird
Profile: Clive Minton
The flight machine
Profile: Patricia González
Showdown at Delaware Bay
Profile: Brian Harrington
Twinkling and trapping
The Arctic breeding grounds
Profile: Amanda Dey
Mingan: The bellwether site
Profile: Guy Morrison and Ken Ross
Southbound: Closing the circuit
Extinction is forever
Mike Hudson
ISBN: 9780374304683
Branch Call Number: j 598.33 H7892m 2012
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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!

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  • CRRL_AngelaCritics rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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