Tracey's Reviews > Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Moonbird by Phillip M. Hoose
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Jun 05, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: science, nonfic-ms, favorites, favorite-author
Read from June 05 to July 20, 2012 — I own a copy

B95, or Moonbird as he is also known, is a red knot shorebird that was caught and banded in 1995. Red knots migrate each year from the southernmost tip of South America to the Canadian arctic and back—a round trip of over 18,000 miles. B95 is famous because he has survived the destruction of his kind (over 80 percent of the population has disappeared due to human interference in their immigration patterns) and is still flying at the estimated age of 19. Scientists call him Moonbird because he is thought to have flown over 350,000 miles—about the distance from the Earth to the moon. A fascinating book with clear text and colorful pictures, giving the inside story of this remarkable bird and the people who watch for him. (Originally written for and posted on Mackin Books in Bloom at

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