Traces the 20,000-mile annual migration of one Red Knot from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle nesting grounds and back. A journal-style narrative takes young readers each step of a dramatic journey that pits a robin-sized shorebird against bad weather, fatigue, predators, and food shortages.
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May 11: Late afternoon, Red Knot flies out over the Atlantic Ocean. With no landmarks to guide her, she makes a turn northwest toward Delaware Bay, 4,000 miles away.
May 12: At midnight, Red Knot crosses the equator. The stars and the Earth’s magnetic forces help keep her on course.
May 13: Rain and winds beat against Red Knot. Her small wings pumping hard, she rises 10,000 feet above the storm to clear skies.
May 14: Exhausted, Red Knot’s body fat is gone. Her body now must burn muscle for energy to keep her aloft.