May 28, 2015

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Moonbird, Delaware Shore Bird that Inspired Phillip Hoose Book, Still Flies

A rare shore bird, who Phillip Hoose profiled in his award-winning book Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 (Farrar, 2012), was spotted flying over Delaware Bay this week, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports in its blog today.

Hoose’s book describes a year in the life of a wild rufa red knot, a shorebird known as B95 and nicknamed “Moonbird” by scientists, since he has migrated the distance to the moon and part way back over the course of his estimated 20-year lifetime. The book was a finalist for YALSA’s nonfiction award and also a Sibert Honor Book this year.

The timing of the Moonbird sighting is serendipitous; Hoose, who lives in Portland, ME, is headed to the region this weekend to speak at a shorebird festival hosted by the Wetlands Institute on the Cape May Peninsula between the Delaware Bay and Atlantic beaches, the Inquirer reports.

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