Wings Over Willapa

Starry Night – Saturday, 9/25, 7pm – 9:30pm

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Join amateur astronomer Bob Duke for an evening under the stars for a 1 mile round-trip walk on the South Bay Trail. Come experience the magic of twilight turning to darkness on the Refuge, which opens after sunset for just this one night of the year. A nearly full Harvest Moon will rise in the east at 9:30 pm, offering photographers a rare chance to capture moonrise over Willapa Bay. Before the moonlight overcomes the night, photograph the stunning Milky Way against a dark sky, or enjoy its stellar splendor through binoculars. The stars are changing with the change of seasons. Cygnus the Swan, visible all night in the summer, will point south, ready to slip away into fall. All is not quiet on the Refuge at night. Flocks of waterfowl gather for the trip south, under cover of darkness. Hear them and see them against the starry night.
  • Meet at the Tarlatt Unit of Willapa NWR, at the end of 95th off Sandridge Road, Long Beach
  • Dress for the occasion. Bring binoculars for a tour of the constellations of a changing season as well as flashlights, water and mosquito repellent.
  • Participants will be notified by email the day of the event if weather conditions will prevent view of the stars.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

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Date And Time

09/25/2021 @ 07:00 PM to
09/25/2021 @ 09:30 PM

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