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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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Gr 6 Up-Moonbird is a nickname scientists have given to a small Eastern shorebird known for both his unusually long life and his enormously long annual migration. Hoose intertwines the story of this bird's remarkable survival with detailed accounts of the rufa red knot's physical changes through its yearlong cycle of migrating from the bottom of the world (usually Tierra del Fuego) to its Arctic breeding grounds and back again at summer's end-a round trip of some 18,000 miles. Moonbird, known usually by the identifying label "B95" on his orange leg band, was first banded in 1995, when it was thought that he was at least three years old, and Hoose notes sightings of him through early 2011 just as the book was reaching completion. At that point it was estimated that over 20 years' time, B95 had flown "more than 325,000 miles in his life-the distance to the moon and nearly halfway back." The feat is particularly celebrated among bird scientists because this species is rapidly declining as humans use and misuse its feeding grounds and food supply. The threatened state of the species and the personal work being done by scientists and conservationists are strong themes throughout the book. Hoose describes his own experiences participating in study trips and introduces children and teens engaged in study, conservation, and lobbying projects in Canada, the United States, and Argentina. This deeply researched, engaging account is a substantial and well-designed package of information illustrated with handsome color photographs, ample maps, appended descriptions of the conservation work, and thorough source notes.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Bostonα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"[A] deeply researched, engaging account…”--School Library Journal, starred

"Putting an actual beaked face to the problem of animal endangerment makes the story of the species’ peril all the more compelling, and only the truly hard of heart could resist cheering for B95 to make it through one more trip.”--BCCB, Starred

"With an effective mix of facts and conjecture, Hoose conveys B95’s wide experience, from the challenges of his first month in Arctic Canada 20 years ago to the physical demands of flying for three days straight. Hoose’s vivid prose and the book’s close-up photos give a sense of other red-knot talents, like fattening up for a long flight and sleeping while staying alert for predators. And there’s recent good news: B95 was photographed in late May, feasting on horseshoe crab eggs in Delaware Bay. "--The Washington Post

"Hoose’s fascinating account concerns much more than this one bird.”--Horn Book, starred

"...beautiful and vivid…”--VOYA

"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

 
"Readers will appreciate Hoose’s thorough approach in contextualizing this amazing, itinerant creature…”--Publishers Weekly, starred
 
"Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival. “--Kirkus, starred
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469282062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469282060
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,047,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anne Salazar on September 10, 2012
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This great book has it all: travel, history, science, a mystery, romance, photos, maps -- you name it, this brief book has it. I loved the story of B95, an apparently very determined rufa red knot with the very best athletic genes. I had never before heard of this small shorebird so it was great fun to read and learn and cheer him on in his amazing travels. He has certainly captured the hearts of the scientists who study him, as he has mine and probably the hearts and best wishes of everyone who reads about him and his determination to fly from pole to pole -- 18,000 miles! -- each and every year for food and light and mating.

This book represents the best in American education and should be widely read and studied. Since WE have so brazenly damaged so much of the environment, adversely affecting not only ourselves but most other animal and plant life, we must make it right. We have to rectify these many problems to the best of our ability since we are our best hope for all species of life in this world, and this book gently shows us the way and makes us care.
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I will never look at , a small bird of any species without wondering what it's story is. Through Hoose's amazing talent of making wildlife come alive,and personal, my eyes have been opened to an entirely new world.... thank you Phillip you are making a difference. Catherine
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Loved this book about an amazing individual Red Knot (shorebird) and its semi-annual arctic-antarctic migrations. Interesting for both adults and children (I've got family members ages 8, 17, 50, and 80+ who were riveted to the book). Apart from explaining the story of the capturing, banding and recapturing (multiple times) of this particular individual nicknamed "Moonbird", it also includes (mostly in sidebars or boxes) lots of interesting facts about migration, shorebirds, scientific studies and methods, etc. Plenty of nice pictures and very well-written. Good for anyone interested in science and the natural world.
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By JBH on November 20, 2012
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This was a story about a magnificent (and unbelievable) bird. Beautifully written and extensively researched. I think anyone who would read it would have a sense of the wonder of our universe, the magic of "where did all this come from ?"

Read it,it's exciting!

Jean Herbert
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Anyone who enjoys spending time out of doors observing the wonders of nature will want to read this book. Whether you have never heard of a red knot before, or are already familiar with the plight of the red knot rufa sub-species, this book leave you hoping and praying for the survival of these amazing shorebirds.

"Moonbird" tells the remarkable story of B95, a red knot who survives against all odds. Mr. Hoose's factual account of the challenges facing the red knot combined with his beautiful prose make this book an educational and engaging read. The profiles of those who are working tirelessly to save the species are truly inspiring. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who cares about the fate of the creatures who share our planet.
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The Moonbird, also known as B95 for the bracelet it wears around his foot, is a Rufa Red Knot shorebird. It is called the Moonbird because scientists have estimated that B95 has flown the distance to the moon and back, an estimated 325, 000 miles in his long life. The Rufa Red Knot is a shorebird that flies a distance of approximately 18, 000 miles per year round trip, from the southern most tip of South America to the Canadian Arctic to breed, and then back to Tierra Del Fuego.

The Rufa Red Knot species of shorebird is amazing. They can fly for 4000-5000 miles without stopping for rest, food or water. They spend a week or two fattening up and refueling stopping about 3 times on their 9000 mile trip one way. Their bodies are amazing and can grow a gizzard when they need it, they re-grow their feathers twice a year.

This amazing bird has been studied for about 20 years and in that time around 80 percent of the population has disappeared. The reasons they shorebirds are dying is because the food sources on the migratory route have been declining due to human influence. In Delaware Bay the shorebirds feed on horseshoe crab eggs but people are killing the horseshoe crabs and the birds die of starvation and can't get enough fuel to make it to the Canadian Arctic.

B95 is the one of the world's most famous birds because it is one of the oldest surviving Rufa Red Knots. This is the first time I have learned of this amazing bird because I read this amazing book by Philip Hoose. I am now a fan and have searched to see if B95 was spotted this spring in Delaware Bay, NJ and he was! He was seen in May of 2013.

Hoose tells the story of the Rufa Red Knots and B95 in eight chapters full of maps, pictures, and graphs. I learned so much from this little book.
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I can honestly say that I never thought I would be one scouring the Internet to see if a bird was still alive. Never having a bird when growing up, I didn't understand the love people had for them. Now, however, I am a regular checker-upper on Moonbird. This book was recommended to me by an amazing teacher friend who warned me that I would become invested in the bird. I didn't really take her seriously (about the "becoming invested" part), but I should have.

This book was not only fascinating in what it had to say about this species of bird, but also in all the details of how the studying of Moonbird and his companions came about. I was drawn into the story of the birds, but also the lives of these fascinating creatures. Recommending this to my students and fellow teacher will not be hard. I checked it out from the library (again, I wasn't convinced I would care that much) and now I am going to have to purchase a copy before I head back to school. This will be one that will not stay on my shelf!

Like I said, I had to see if Moonbird was still alive after reading this, so I will just let you see for yourself....
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