This report came via email from author Phillip Hoose who is on Delaware Bay banding shorebirds and hoping to spot B95, the subject of his award-winning book, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95.
“Two young Quebecois biologists—Yann Rochepault and Christophe Buidin– snapped these photos yesterday morning at Fortescue Beach on the Bay’s Jersey Side.
‘It seems like B95 is continuing his publicity tour!’ said Charles Duncan of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.
I was there yesterday; I missed B95 by about an hour. He has made four appearances now, on three different beaches. All who have seen him—five folks in all—comment that he looks great; in good plumage, already getting chunky, and vigorous in feeding. His breeding plumage is part-way in. He arrived early this year, as did many birds.
Five key crab spawning beaches were completely restored from the work of Sandy—a local coalition of private and public entities raised 1.4 million and purchased 35,000 cubic yards of sand from a local mine. They trucked it in hundreds of loads and finished spreading it just before the crabs began to spawn in late April. It worked beautifully: all five beaches are well used by spawning crabs now. Theres a feeling of optimism down there this year, despite roadways narrowed by towering heaps of sand, and Katrina-like destruction of beach houses. B95, who keeps returning no matter what, is a great symbol of hope.”
A shout of joy went through the birding community on 5/16/13 when B95 aka Moonbird, the subject of Phillip Hoose’s book Moonbird was spotted again on Delaware Bay. Read about it the Philadelphia Inquirer Blog.
Jan Eckardt Butler, art teacher and life-long birder, shared this astounding art installation by 4th and 5th graders at Holland Hall School in Tulsa, OK.
Inspired by Moonbird, these beautifully painted rufa red knots seek pearls of horseshoe crab eggs under the paper sand. This is education at its best.
Moonbird Photo by Jan van de Kam
We thank the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association for this review sprinkled with all of our favorite key words and phrases related to Moonbird:
act to make a change,
and interconnection of species.
“As he does with every topic he tackles–the ivory-billed woodpecker, civil rights, basketball–Hoose provides interesting details about his topic, and then, provides ways that they can act to make a change. Additionally, the thumbnail sketches of scientists and youngsters who are involved in making sure there is a place for B95 and others of his species answer any questions readers might have as they are reading. Above all, this is a survival story nestled within a story of conservation, one that reminds readers of the interconnection of species…Given the odds against him, how can we not care about the fate of B95 and others like him? Nonfiction doesn’t get better than this.” –International Reading Association
MOONBIRD Comic by 3DTOPO Inc.
Moonbird has his own comic! Thank you to 3DTOPO Inc. for taking flight with this fabulous tribute to B95 and the book on the The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads. Our thanks to Diane Colson as well for her lovely review!
Photo credits clockwise from top left: American Bird Conservatory; New York Times Green Blog; Scielo.org.; Moonbird cover; Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org);.
Jessica Tackett of the blog, Her Life With Books decided to forgo the madness of Black Friday and read non-fiction instead. Her “exceedingly short review” of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 simply trumps all before it.
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 soars with all these other fine non-fiction titles as School Library Journal Best Books 2012! Congratulations everyone and thank you SLJ!
Thank you to Angelina Benedetti for naming Moonbird to the Library Journal’s Best Books 2012: Young Adult Literature for Adults!
Phillip Hoose has always written his books for young adult and older. So, it is particularly honor to be named to the best YA for Adults. And an honor to have such a lovely review from Angelina Benedetti:
“I knew this book as having an impact on me when I caught myself watching shorebirds as I never had before. As he did in The Race To Save the Lord God Bird in 2004, Hoose examines an avian subject in a way that gives the reader new respect. While that book chronicled the tragedy of extinction, in Moonbird, this book uses a single living bird as the lens through which we are introduced to a threatened species. Tagged B95, the “moonbird” is a red knot of the subspecies rufa, a shorebird that annually migrates from South America to the Canadian Arctic; he has flown enough miles in his 20-year lifetime to have gone to the moon and halfway back. His survival is all the more amazing because during his lifetime, his species’ numbers have been reduced by 80 percent owing to human activity. A haunting story of survival against the odds, beautifully illustrated and including profiles of the scientists racing to save this species before it is too late.”
Alla Dreyvitser/The Washington Post
The Washington Post named Moonbird a Best Book of 2012!
“This book mixes facts, photos and some guesswork in telling the story of one migratory shorebird’s life. Traveling the globe, he has had to fly for three days straight.” –The Washington Post
See the complete list of the books here.