Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Full "Beaver" Moon

By: BonnieBlueFlag

Long before Columbus discovered the new world, or the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, the Algonquin Indians had given names to each full moon, to help them mark the passing of the seasons of the year.

Tonight, November 15, at 7:58 p.m. EST, the Full Beaver Moon will rise in the sky.

The Full Beaver Moon signals that it is the time for us to set our beaver traps, before the streams and creeks, the ponds and swamps, begin to freeze.

The beavers are most active now as they prepare for winter, and their furs have become long and dense, as they toil away building their dams in the colder water temperatures.

During the late 1800s and well past the Victorian era, ending circa 1901, the beavers were almost hunted to extinction by the white trappers and traders, because the beaver pelt became a very fashionable wardrobe accessory, especially for men's top hats in Europe and in New England.

Since that time they have greatly increased in numbers, and in the amount of damage that they cause in the building of their dams and dens.

A single beaver will chew down hundreds of trees every year, as he continuously builds and repairs his lodges and dams. The beavers do provide habitat for other animals such as ducks and otters, but they can also cause unexpected large-scale floods.

In 1999, in the Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin, where many of the famous Ornamental Cherry trees bloom, drawing tourists from all over the world; a family of beavers moved into the luxurious digs.

The beavers were noticed as soon as they began felling cherry trees to build their lodges.

The National Park Service Rangers quickly set live humane traps, and moved the family of pesky beavers to another area, where the trees were not as famous or rare.

A Fort McHenry "Haunting Update"

I received an e-mail last week, that I thought you all would enjoy reading too. It is under the comments for my August 9th post entitled, "Fast Forward to Fort McHenry Today."

It is the second last comment, written by Kathy about her son, Nicholas', visit to Fort McHenry.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

A Personal Note

Just a quick note to everyone, to say that I will not be able to post here for a little while. There has been a family emergency that will require that I take some time away from writing.

November 15, 2005

A very special thank you to all, for your good wishes for me and my family. The situation is much improved, however, it does still impose on my time available for writing.