Back in 1995 ROM ornithologist Dr. Allan Baker was part of an international team that banded a small shorebird in Argentina, a Red-knot soon to become dubbed Moonbird, with a leg band with the number B95 on it. Since then Allan and his team at the ROM along with a growing community of partners has followed the birds as they migrate back and forth between Canada’s sub-arctic and the tip of the western hemisphere. Most of you, our members and dedicated followers know this story well – it is one of hope and amazement.
This week, against all odds, “Moonbird” or B95 was sighted again – now the oldest known bird of the species, some 21 years old – in Delaware Bay. ROM technician and birder Mark Peck was on site with Patricia Gonzalez and colleagues when the sighting occurred.
Read more about Patricia’s reaction to the sighting; photo is from Allan Baker.
Learn more about Allan Baker's long-term research program.