[CT Birds] Upcoming lecture at Yale on Red Knots

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Thu Oct 4 18:48:03 EDT 2012

I thought this might be of interest to some of you:
You're invited to a wonderful upcoming event: National Book Award-winning author of ten books, Phil Hoose, is coming to Yale FES for an after-work talk on his latest work, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95<http://yale.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=239a5caf4b850af23bd216787&id=1c4b322726&e=e8f76e6284>, which was published in July, 2012, to strong critical praise.

WHEN: October 18, 2012, 5:30-7:00 pm, Sage Bowers Auditorium, 205 Prospect St, New Haven

Moonbird is about B95, a robin-sized shorebird, a Red Knot of the subspecies Rufa. Each February, he joins a flock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego, headed for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, 9000 miles away. Late in the summer, he begins the return journey. And he has been doing it for the past 20 years!

B95 wears a black band on his lower right leg and an orange flag on his upper left, bearing the laser inscription B95. Scientists call him the "Moonbird" because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this gritty, four-ounce marathoner has flown the distance to the moon-and halfway back!
Scientists wonder how this one bird can make it year after year when so many others fall?

"This book is a joy for anyone who's looked up at a soaring flock of shorebirds and wondered where in the world they were going. Phil Hoose takes you there, on the wings of a phenomenal little superbird known as B95. It's a great true story about a vanishing breed and one amazing, tireless survivor."
-Carl Hiaasen, author of the Newbery Honor Book, Hoot

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hoose joined The Nature Conservancy's staff as a conservation planner in 1977.  He became the State Director of the New Hampshire Conservancy in the early 1980's before helping to establish TNC's Canada program, on whose staff he has served ever since.  Today Phil's work centers in the Great Bear Rainforest, supporting First Nation youth education initiatives.

To learn more about the book and author: http://us.macmillan.com/moonbird/PhillipHoose

The event is sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x308 (note, I currently do not have a phone at my desk, but will check messages, email is a quicker way to reach me right now)
Fax: (203)264-6332

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