Contacts: Samantha Wilkinson, (207) 371-2303
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: An Invitation to a Full Moon Watch
(April 2, 2012)
WHAT: A Spring Full Moon Watch Invitation from Park Manager Samantha Wilkinson
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, April 6; Park closes promptly at 9 p.m.
WHERE: Reid State Park, Georgetown
It goes by many names.
April’s full moon is sometimes referred to as the “pink moon,” because of the herb, moss pink, a ground phlox relative that blooms in spectacular fashion at this time of year in some regions. It’s also called the “sprouting grass moon,” and the “fish moon” among native coastal tribes, as April is the time when shad swim upstream to spawn.
If I were tasked with naming the moons, I would call this one the “Hey, Everybody, Winter is Over, So Let’s All Celebrate Spring at Reid State Park” moon!
That may be why no one has put me in charge of naming the moons. They did, however, put me in charge of managing Reid State Park, and since last year’s spring full moon watch was such a huge success and so well attended, I say an encore presentation this year is in order.
I am happy to extend Reid State Park’s normal operating hours on Friday, April 6, as a special treat for those who would like to view one of nature’s most beloved shows from one of its most unparalleled viewing arenas.
People interested in joining me on the shores of Reid State Park for this unique after-hours celebration of spring (weather permitting), should plan on arriving by 7 p.m., as the moon is scheduled to rise at 7:30 p.m. Night time activity will be limited to Griffith Head and Mile Beach only, and regular admission fees will apply. The park will close promptly at 9 p.m.
Pet owners -- please remember that the nesting season for the endangered piping plover is now under way, so dogs are no longer allowed on park beaches. They are welcome to view the moonrise from other areas of the park, provided they are leashed at all times.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
For more information and up-to-date weather conditions, please call Reid State Park directly, (207) 371-2303.