"Team Otter" joined the fun at Sutter's Landing Park more recently than that. We'll be out again on December 3rd, bright and early and divide up in small groups and note all birds and other wildlife seen over the next few hours. We will be recording counts of all birds and reporting our counts via eBird. This information is collected and shared with the other teams and American River Natural History Association (ARNHA) staff will compile all the data so it is available to share with scientists, students, and agency staff to better understand the natural world around us. You don't have to be an expert to participate and it's easy to help with the count. Afterwards, a report of what was seen at Sutter's Landing Park will be posted here too.
Western Meadowlarks are often seen at Sutter's Landing Park. Did you know it's the state bird for six states? Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_meadowlark
This Sunday November 13th, the November "supermoon" will come closer than any other time in the last 68 years. This won't happen again until November 25, 2034.
"Supermoon" is not a technical term, rather it is a name given by popculture to describe a full moon that occurs when it's at its closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit. But did you know that the November supermoon is also tagged as the "Beaver Moon?"
During the old days, beaver trappers of the Algonquin Native American tribes would set their bait right around the time when the November full moon is about to rise. Thus, the name "Beaver Moon" was born.
The Old Farmer's Almanac states: "November's full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes because this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs."
Aside from naming it the "Beaver Moon," native Americans also called in the "Frost Moon," the "White Moon," the "Milk Moon" and "the Flower Moon."Meanwhile, the November supermoon is the second in a series of three consecutive supermoons in 2016. The first one was seen in October, and the last will occur in December.
NOTE: This is not a FORB event but Sutter's Landing Park will be a great spot for moon gazing and conditions should also be very good on Monday the 14th. Don't miss it!