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Why is November’s full moon called the Beaver Moon?

J. H. Osborne • Nov 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Did you know this month’s full moon is known as the Beaver Moon?

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, here’s why:

• “As the chill air of late fog descends, animals begin to prepare their dens for the deep freeze of winter.”

• “Beavers can be seen along the banks of rivers and streams, collecting wood to shore up their lodges and dams before the ice sets in.”

• “This was also the time Native American tribes and later European settlers set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm furs for winter.”

• “Thus November’s full moon is most commonly known as the Beaver Moon, in honor of these industrious semi-aquatic rodents.”

• “Because November also signals the time when bitter hard frost’s become more frequent, this month’s moon is also sometimes called the Frost Moon.”

• This year’s Beaver Moon will be full at 8:34 a.m on Nov. 12.

For more full moon lore and astronomy, visit  FarmersAlmanac.com

Source: The Farmers’ Almanac.

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