FILLIN’ UP. This evening’s full moon is the first of two again this month, and conditions are right for some great ice fishing in the near term. Get out there and get on them and use the power of a full moon and stable weather to cross some ‘eyes! We talk more moon lore, eagle returns and some good reading in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The nearly full moon rises over Bismarck, N.D. the night of Feb. 28 Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 3/1 – In like a lamb. Hi 35, Lo 11, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Fri 3/2 – Southeasterlies. Hi 39, Lo 18, Winds SE@15, G25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:22AM Sunset: 6:29PM
Moonrise: 6:17PM Moonset 7:23AM
Overhead: 12:30AM Underfoot: 12:18PM
Moon Phase: Full @ 6:51PM
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00PM. Sunset and moonrise coincide with the moon reaching fullness, if ever there was an Edge Hour on the ice, this is it!
WHAT MOON IS IT? While tonight’s full moon would probably count as February’s due to that month missing out on the phase, many native tribes looked to birds in the skies to name it, such as goose moon and crow moon. But perhaps the best – from the Lakota – is “moon of the sore eyes.” The latter moniker coming from the length of time the tribespeople stared at white snow falling and accumulating on the prairie in the long winter.
EYES UP! The North Dakota Game & Fish Dept. is encouraging residents of the state to report bald eagle nesting activity as the birds return to the area and begin the nest-making process. On a normal schedule, bald eagles begin laying eggs in March, and the NDG&F has a great pictorial comparison of the mature bald eagle, and the more brownish juvenile, which is sometimes confused with a golden eagle.
READ ALL OVER. For a great quarterly read, check out the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Fish & Wildlife News. With stories from around the nation on wildlife issues affecting everyone from hunters, to birders to anglers to conservationists and great photography, F&WN is an e-zine worth bookmarking.