A couple of weeks ago I read a review of a book in the Philadelphia Inquirer called, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, by Phillip Hoose. It’s about a shore bird from the rufa red knot subspecies that weighs in at a mere 4 ounces. Red Knots have one of the largest bird migrations on the planet – over 1,000 miles – from the southern tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the high Arctic. That’s a long way. One of these birds has been tagged and tracked by scientists since 1995. Scientists figure that over the years the bird has flown a distance equivalent to traveling to the moon and half way back. Thus, the star of the book is nicknamed, Moonbird.
Red Knots are tough little birds, and Moonbird might just be the toughest. It has lived well beyond the life expectancy of the typical Red Knot and has done so despite the population decline of the species from 150,000 to 25,000 in the last 20 years. Moonbird keeps keeping on.
Another interesting tidbit about the Red Knot is that it’s not uncommon for them to detour hundreds of miles to avoid storms, but still find their way back to their migration path and keep going.
Thoughts on Moonbird, Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: Just make sure you and your friends stay clear of my car, okay Moonbird?
Wanda B. Goode: Create a goal and get moving. You will encounter obstacles along the way. Just keep those wings flapping, and good things will happen.
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