On January 31st, 2018, the moon will rise at 5:49pm here in West Linn, Oregon. I’ve seen many news articles about how unique this event will be! And to top it off, Beaver Ambassadors and Parks & Rec will be holding the first ever Full Moon Over West Linn event. This event will start at 5:30 at Camassia Park, with a pre-start excursion (at 5:00pm) through Camassia led by Linda Meng – a lead volunteer with The Nature Conservancy – and Dr. Scott Burns – amazing local geologist.
This full moon is called a Super Blood Blue Moon! We’re also calling it the Wolf Moon, although technically the Algonquin tribe of eastern North America would have called the first full moon after the winter solstice the Wolf Moon. Today, we call the full moon of January the Wolf Moon. When there are two full moons in one month we call the second one a Blue Moon. We’re going to call this one the Wolf Moon too because 1) we didn’t get to celebrate the actual Wolf Moon because it was on a holiday, and 2) we have a USFWS (US Fish and Wildlife Services) representative coming out to talk about the state of wolves in Oregon!
Here are some articles I’ve found:
- A Rare Super Blood Blue Moon not see in 36 years
- Teach your kids about the Super Blue Blood Moon with these activities
- Waxing toward the Super Blue Moon
- ‘Super blue blood moon’: stargazers prepare for rare celestial event
- The moon is about to do something it hasn’t done in more than 150 years
We’re using the lunar cycle, this terrific natural cycle we all relate to, as a jumping off point to explore other natural cycles and processes. We’ll have fascinating presentations/activities from:
- Dr. Scott Burns, local/regional geologist
- Elizabeth Materna, USFWS representative and “wolf expert”
- Alina Blankenship of Perch Wildlife Education
- West Linn High School with beaver dam analogues
- Science Outreach Society with activities “fabric of the universe” and “tides”
I am so thrilled the community of West Linn will have this amazing opportunity to learn from these excellent individuals! This Family oriented, all ages event will have light refreshments to stay warm and plenty of hands on activities.
See you there!
Featured image by Mt. Hood Territory