During the last year a story about “B95” an individual Red Knot, a migratory shorebird the size of a Robin, spread around the world catching the attention of the media such as the BBC of London, The New York Times, Mongabay, as well as national TV and newspapers in Argentina, Brazil and other countries. This special bird became famous because it is a survivor of the big decline the population of Red Knots that migrate between their breeding grounds in the Arctic and their non-breeding areas in Tierra del Fuego have suffered. After 2000 the number of these long distance migrants decreased from 52,000 birds to 14,000 in 2012. However “B95”  still survives.

B95 is a male banded in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego in 1995, and through the years has been seen several times in Rio Grande (Argentina), Delaware Bay (USA) and the Mingan Archipelago in Quebec (Canada). In all these years he flew longer than the distance from earth to the moon, and now is on his way back.

For this reason B95 is known as the “Moon Bird” and his story inspired two theater plays, tales for kids and even his own biography. Indeed I am writing this the day after a National TV program in Argentina named “TN en el Camino” presented his story for the fifth time in the last year! The story of “B95” touched hearts and released emotions while inspiring hope in difficult times – the hope to know that even in the worst situation you can do your best.

— BEX recipient, Patricia Gonzalez