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Beaver Full Moon
November 20, 2023

The full moon in November is traditionally known as the “Beaver” Moon.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is derived from beavers, who are particularly active this time of the year building their winter dams in preparation for the cold season. Beavers are nocturnal, so they keep working under the light of the Full Moon.

“Beavers are engineers, second only to humans in their ability to alter their environment,” said keeper Miranda, who cares for the beaver at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. “They work together to construct elaborate dams and lodges to create ponds or wetlands.”

Beavers are also expert swimmers who have a paddle tail and can hold their breath for up to 15 minutes underwater. They build their lodges with underwater entrances.

Northwest Trek is home to Chip, a female beaver who lives in the Wetlands area of the wildlife park. Look for her any day the park is open. Learn more about about our wetland animals.

The Beaver Full Moon will peak at 1:16 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.