Wednesday, June 5, 2013

It's a plane, It's a super hero.... It's Moonbird!

Jennie has an update on the star of one of last year's best non-fiction reads!

In last year’s award-winning book, Moonbird, Philip Hoose made readers fall in love with B95, an endangered red knot rufa.

Every year the red knot rufas fly from Tierra del Fuego, the southern tip of South America, up to Southampton Island, near the Arctic circle, and back again—a distance of 18,000 miles. Even more amazing—they stop on a few times on the journey.

B95 is 21 years old. He has done this journey so many times that he’s covered the distance to the moon—and halfway back.

In the book, Hoose spends 2009 and 2010 following the red knot rufas’ migration route, working with the scientists and conservationists, helping them with their work and learning about the red knot rufa and the problems facing them. All the while, everyone’s hoping to see B95 again. He’s old, and the rufas are endangered—many are dying off. Is B95 still flying?

GREAT NEWS. One of the few places the red knot rufas stop on their way back to the Southampton Island is Delaware Bay (they even have a statue of Moonbird there!) And, on May 16, 2013, scientists saw Moonbird, stopping over, on his way back North.

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