Moonbird B95 is an artwork by Suzi Lucas inspired by a real life rufa Red Knot with the tag number B95.
B95 was first identified and tagged in Feb 1995 on a beach near the southernmost tip of South America. He was estimated to be about three years old. (1)
B95 has been sighted and photographed, even recaptured numerous times since then. The most recent sighting was in May 2014 when he was spotted by Patricia González, an Argentine biologist working in the Canadian Arctic.
Over the nineteen years that B95 has been tracked, scientists estimate this little super-bird flies about 34,000 km every year. That is almost to the moon and back.
Hence his nickname "Moonbird".
Epic travellers, Red Knots migrate from the Artic to Australasia every year.
As habitat is lost and global warming takes affect, profound changes are being observed in these birds - their body size is shrinking and their bills are getting shorter.
Now they arrive at their tropical wintering grounds weak and exhausted only to find it increasingly difficult to reach deep enough into the coastal mud flats to extract enough nutrient rich food to fuel their gruelling journey back to the Arctic.
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