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Phillip Hoose on Moonbird

From the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine:
Reviewer Joanna Rudge Long asks Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 author Phillip Hoose about the rufa red knot’s current whereabouts. Read the full starred review of Moonbird here.

Joanna Rudge Long: Has there been another sighting of B95 since 11/25/11?

Phillip Hoose: No, we have not seen him since November 25. However, we have high hopes that we will see him again this May. Nearly all rufa red knots converge upon the beaches of Delaware Bay during the last two weeks of May to dine upon a banquet of horseshoe crab eggs. B95 was reported at one particular harbor on the Delaware side of the Bay six times last spring during a four-day period late in May. We’ll have our fingers crossed and our spotting scopes out!

UPDATE: Moonbird was recently spotted in New Jersey; see Hoose’s blog for details.

Joanna Rudge Long About Joanna Rudge Long

Joanna Rudge Long is former editor of Kirkus Reviews and a frequent lecturer on children’s books.

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