Forest Announces 2013 Moon Walks

Release Date: Jun 4, 2013  

Contact(s): Tod McKay 406-363-7122


Hamilton, MT. - Once a month, as the full moon glows, it seems safe to venture out into the dark while the moon makes magnificent shadows across the landscape.  You can still smell the wildflowers, feel the wind blowing through the trees, hear the water running through the creek bed, and sense the bustling nocturnal life.

For the 13th year, the Bitterroot National Forest and Bitter Root RC&D presents a series of interpretive Moon Walks from June to October.  These free, educational walks are based on the book Walk When the Moon is Full, by Francis Hammerstrom about her children and the nature walks they took every month under the full moon.

We invite you to join interpreters and naturalists for our 2013 series.  The presentations begin at 7:00pm on the Saturday closest to the official full moon and last approximately 1-2 hours.  Presenters include foresters, biologists, scientists, historians, poets, storytellers, and everything under the sun, or in this case - moon.  Dress in layers because the weather in the Forest is often different than it is in town.  Guests are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, flashlight and a jacket.

Here are the topics that will be covered in our 2013 series:

Saturday, June 22nd – Bear Moon presentation at Blodgett Campground.  Join us for this educational program and learn all about bear biology.  Do you know how to tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear?  The program will cover food storage tips in bear country, and you will learn about bear spray and how to use it.  We will even practice with inert bear spray canisters.

Saturday, July 20th – Aquatic Moon at Kiwanis River Park in Hamilton.  Join us for a walk through the park and learn about the Bitterroot River and the aquatic life that it supports.  Hosted by the Bitter Root Water Forum.  

Saturday, August 17th – Bark Beetle Moon at Willoughby Environmental Education Area near Stevensville.  Join us for a presentation on the mountain pine beetle.  Learn about the life cycle of these native insects, how to determine if they are present in a forest stand and forest/homeowner options for controlling their spread and impacts.  

September – No Moon Walk Scheduled 

Saturday, October 26th - Ghost Moon at Wood’s Cabin at Lake Como near Darby.  Join us for ghost stories at the historic Wood’s Cabin on the shores of Lake Como.  We will meet historic Bitterroot Valley ghosts and hear stories of their lives and untimely deaths.

The 2013 Moon Walk Series is sponsored by the Bitterroot National Forest and Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D).  For more information, visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot and click on Special Places or call (406) 363-7100.

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