Harvest moon walk at the bosque

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The official beginning of autumn came with the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22. Traditionally, the full moon closest to the fall equinox is the Harvest Moon — a time when the full moon rises close to sunset so it stays light enough for farmers to continue to harvest their crops into the late hours of the night.

This year the Harvest moon rises tonight. Those who don't have crops to harvest but are curious about what it's like to be out in this semi-light, can join naturalist and astronomer Amy Estelle for a walk through the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge during this magical time.

Estelle will talk to guests about how to find their way by the stars, talk about the uniqueness of the earth's moon and introduce them to what comes out after the sun goes down.

Meet at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m., wear long pants, closed toe shoes, take insect repellent and water bottle and be sure to reserve your spot as class size is limited to 25 people (ages 8 and older). To make those reservations call 835-1828.

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