Moonbird lives!

Celebrity sightings
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 13, 2013

Delware Bay Shorebird Project

Moonbird is alive!

The record-breaking shorebird, immortalized in Phil Hoose's award-winning Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 (Farrar Straus Giroux), was spotted no fewer than four times last month in Delaware and New Jersey. (See "Up Close with a Superbird," by Deirdre Fulton, September 28, 2012)

This special rufa red knot, marked by a tiny orange band that reads "B95," migrates from Argentina to the Arctic — and back again — every year. That's approximately 9000 miles each way. The typical lifespan for the species is about six years; B95 was banded in 1995 and is at least 20 years old.

"This guy is such a performer," Hoose says, noting that Moonbird was sighted on both Delaware and New Jersey beaches this spring. "He made the Philadelphia Inquirer."

By now, B95 is most likely in the northern reaches of Canada, getting ready to mate before gearing up for the journey back south. For this species's sake, we hope he passes along his longevity as well as his love for the spotlight.

  Topics: This Just In , Phillip Hoose, Moonbird
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