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Free Snow Moon nature hike, U W Arboretum

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 there will be a free Snow Moon night hike at the U W Arboretum. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting until 8 p.m., this hike will be led by a naturalist. Meeting place is UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison. Expect snowy trails so please dress accordingly.

The Full Snow Moon is called this due to typically the heaviest snowfall occurs in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes also called this the Hunger Moon.

Other Native American tribes called this Moon the "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon" (Wishram Native Americans), the "No Snow in the Trails Moon" (Zuni Native Americans), and the "Bone Moon" (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

You may be able to hear owls hooting and other forest creatures during this hike. The U W Arboretum is located at 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison.

For more information on other hikes and activities at the Arboretum, please see http://www.uwarboretum.org or call 608-263-7888.

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