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

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

Moonbird

This is the fascinating story of one bird. He is a rufa red knot and his name is B95. His name is the number on the band scientists put on his leg. B95 is about the size of a robin, a bird we see a lot here in Indiana. B95 and the other red knots are migratory. That means they move in the Spring and Fall in search of food and nesting grounds. Red knots are AMAZING because they migrate from the South Pole…to the North Pole, and back again. That’s a long way!

B95 was banded as a young bird in 1995 when he was thought to be at least three years old. Each year scientists try to capture and band red knots to study their habiits. Amazingly, B95 has been re-caught in 2001, 2003, 2007 & 2009. He is thought to be around 20 years old. Scientists think has has flown more than 325,000 miles in his life…the distance from the moon and almost halfway back. And he weights 4 ounces!

This book is a really fascinating look at the scientists who study the red knots and also B95 himself. Each year, the scientists hope, hope, hope to see B95 again. He is a superbird – a true survivor!

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  1. Would love to know if B95 shows up! Will follow you an Twitter @PhillipHoose – let us know!

  2. Dear Indy Public Library,

    To see such a nice posting and review gives me double pleasure since I grew up in Speedway. People are searching for B95–the Moonbird–in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego this month. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Again, thanks, and I hope Indianapolis readers enjoy Moonbird!

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