Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots

Red Knots Declared Federally Threatened

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Red Knots Declared Federally Threatened

“The rufa red knot makes another appearance in the Washington Post.   The taxa was declared Federally Threatened under the Endangered Species Act last week.  As a result, hero of the book Moonbird is back in the news.  He is an adult male knot known as B95 who has survived so long that scientists have tallied up his lifetime frequent flyer mileage.  They’ve found that he has exceeded the distance between the earth and the moon–and most of the way back! I hope he’s still around.   We last saw him late in May.   If he’s alive, he’s probably in Tierra del Fuego now, and with...

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17,400 Support Rufa Red Knots

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

17,400 Support Rufa Red Knots

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a final decision by November 28, 2014 on the 2013 proposal to list the rufa red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. During more than 130 days of public comment the Service received more than 17,400 comments on the threatened listing proposal! Some writers wrote supportive form letters, while others raised issues with the adequacy of horseshoe crab management, the impacts of wind turbines, the inclusion of interior states in the range, and other topics. The Fish and Wildlife Service requested an extension so they could read and...

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Cheering for the Researchers

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 2 comments

We loved this review from Reading by Example because she says she found herself “cheering for the researchers.”  Moonbird is not only a love song to B95, but a love song to all those researchers who band, count, wait, fly to, marvel at, and share their knowledge of the rufa red knot.  Let’s all let out a cheer for the researchers! Moonbird is that rare book that entertains as much as it informs. The author chronicles one breeding cycle of a red rufa knot, B95. He is the oldest known shorebird of his species. The challenges B95 faces, both natural and manmade, bring a lot of...

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Happy Anniversary, Green Earth Book Award

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Conservation & The Nature Conservancy, Hey Little Ant, Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

We congratulate the Green Earth Book Awards on 10 Years of honoring environmental children’s literature and their donation this year of 10,000 environmental books with a message of stewardship to area schools! Phil Hoose was pleased to join the celebrations on two previous years when they honored his books, Hey, Litte Ant and Moonbird. “Being able to deliver engaging material about the environment in such a big way is a perfect representation of our first decade of success,” said Ian Kline, chairman of the board. “We’ve engaged thousands of students with books, outdoor classrooms, and...

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Moonbird Goes Wiki

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

How many birds have their own Wiki page?

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Patricia Gonzales & B95

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

From Phillip Hoose on Delaware Bay: This is Argentine shorebird biologist Patricia Gonzales, minutes after having spotted once again the apparently bionic Red Knot whose leg bears an orange band inscribed B95. He migrates back and forth to his breeding grounds nearly 20,000 miles each year. His lifetime frequent flyer mileage greatly exceeds the distance between the earth and the moon. Hence his nickname–and the title of my book about him, Moonbird. I’ve never quite been able to spot him, though Patricia, who has an amazing connection with him, has held him in her hands and seen...

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