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Why Is November’s Full Moon Called the Beaver Moon?

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“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.

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

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  • Susan says:

    I am trying to decide what month the bitter Moon is.

  • mobile says:

    Did you know: The spin-time of the Moon on its own axis is identical to the time it takes the Moon to revolve around Earth, which is why the Moon always keeps almost exactly the same face toward us.

  • Henry Jowers says:

    I have a small farm pond with Bream and Chanel Catfish and a few Bass. I feed fingerling feed every day but one clean up day. They eat two gallons in less than ten minutes, looks like piranas. This month nothing will eat of bite. I was told they would not bite untill after the next full moon. What happened?

  • wendiq says:

    I couldn’t sleep last night so got up early and decided to view the moon…..so glad I had insomnia! It was GORGEOUS!!!!

  • Portia McCracken says:

    My first glimpse of tonight’s full moon (at 5:46 pm EST) elicited a gasp! Surely the name ought to be “Full Cheddar Moon;” I’ve never seen Luna so brilliantly hued as she was tonight.

  • Jayne says:

    Happy Thanksgiving with GRATITUDE for all the knowledge you provide others and me. “never let a day go by without learning something new.” At 73, I am as curious as ever. Thank you.

    The moon was pretty last night. In Vinton, Virginia, I will be watching “when the moon comes over the mountain.” a lyric from PATTI PAGE song of the 1950s. There has been heavy “frost” here in southwest Virginia, so I can understand the name of the frost moon as well.

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    So glad I looked for information. Thank you

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    Love the information you give. I always learn something new!

  • Mark C. Warns says:

    Before I went to bed last night and thought I left the front light on. I guess God did.

  • Teresa Walsh says:

    Thanks for sharing this article. I enjoy your posts and Email very much.

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  • kooter says:

    very nice, always learning new things

  • Charles Hehn says:

    We up here in Ontario have always called the November full moon a “HUNTER’S MOON” because of that is also the time of the DEER HUNT. or shortly after,

  • Denise says:

    I love love all your articles and your spot on weather predictions I am almost ready for the snow and cold. Thanks for all you do.

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    love the Farmer Almanac info !! our only daily info on our world !! thank you !

  • I really appreciate your article on the Beaver Full Moon. I find learning about the names so much fun! says:

    I really appreciate your article on the Beaver Full Moon. I find learning about the names so much fun!

  • Barb says:

    Very interesting. The moon is looking pretty good tonight.

  • Karen K says:

    thank you!

  • Mystic Mary says:

    thank you for all your research!
    So nice to keep the wise stories of our elders alive!
    http://www.marydusina.com <3

  • Vickie Allmand says:

    Thank you for such interesting stories. I am a retired public educator and love to continue to learn information we use in our lives everyday. Good job.

  • Theresa Connors Elliot says:

    Thank you for this article on the origin of the Full Beaver Moon name. I always wondered why it was named this for November’s full moon. Happy Thanksgiving! Keep up the great job.

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