“I just found out from Patricia Gonzales that the red knot known as B95—The Moonbird that I wrote a book about—has been sighted recently in Tierra del Fuego! He’s at least 22 years of age now. The next oldest record I found in literature for a Red knot of the Rufa subspecies was 16 yrs 8 mos. His lifetime frequent flyer activity is now greater than the distance between the earth to the moon AND BACK…Maybe he has won a free trip to Saturn.
Last year he managed to shed the black band around his right ankle that he had been carrying since the very first shorebird banding effort in Argentina, back in 1995. Moreover the laser inscription’s wearing off the big orange band on his left thigh. Now you can just see the top of the B95.
Think about this: This great survivor may outlast our ability to recognize him. There’s something about that I love.” —Phillip Hoose