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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phillip Hoose Narrator: Phillip Hoose Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!

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 and thorough research, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will appreciate Hoose’s thorough approach in contextualizing this amazing, itinerant creature that was last spotted in 2011.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A deeply researched, engaging account.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose…this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Hoose’s stature as a preeminent nonfiction author combined with the high-interest animal hook will generate hearty attention and enthusiasm for this one.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Beautiful and vivid.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Paul Lunger | 2/19/2014

    " Scheduled for release in July 2012, "Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95" is a book moreso for nature lovers & conservationists than anything else. In this book, Phillip Hoose discusses the migratory patterns of the red knot & in particular one of the oldest known birds of that species - one simply known as B95. In it he goes into basic detail of the patterns of these birds, the importance of keeping track of this one in particular & how we the reader can help protect this species that could end up on the endangered list someday. This early version for me is not all that impressive & I'm not that much of a fan of conservation stories, but think that the finalized version will definitely be something that if your kids are interested in birds & conservation that they can enjoy. For me, I'll pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/16/2014

    " This is a fantastic read- it's hard to believe it's not fiction! About an incredible species of shorebird called the Red Knot rufa that migrates over 16,000 miles in one year, from Patagonia in Argentina to the Arctic for nesting, & then back again to Argentina. This book follows one particular amazing red knot B95, who was first banded in 1995. A fast read & also a must-read if you have any interest in birds or environmental consrvation- how a few changes can affect a whole species of birds. Profound! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison | 1/29/2014

    " This was a little slow, but I really like the narrative style. It was conservationist heavy, but that is who Mr. Hoose is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by stillme | 1/26/2014

    " ALA ALSC Notable 2013 "

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