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Deer Rutting Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Monday, November 30, 2020

Deer Rutting Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Monday, November 30, 2020


Coldwater Springs

Sun, Nov 15, 3:19 PM (1 day ago)
to Coldwater, bcc: me

Deer Rutting Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Monday, November 30, 2020

Gather at the park entrance, 7pm

Park at pay meters on the Hwy 55 access road via credit card/quarters


One November eve I remember stopping at Coldwater and finding a group huddled quietly on the steps of the now-demolished main Bureau of Mines building. “Shhh,” they said looking south at the darkening, seemingly empty field.


Crack! The sound was young bucks practicing head-butting. We could barely see them in the gloaming but we heard them. Crack! Crack! Yes, it’s rutting season at Coldwater. Bucks scrape trees for scent markers to attract those swishy white-tailed does in estrous.


So we acknowledge the dying of the light and the rutting of the deer, and sing happy birthday to me on my 79th year. – S.J.


Friends of Coldwater seek to honor our 10,000-year-old landscape ancestor. Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs monthly since 2000. We return to remember the spirits that feed this Spring. Please bring a rattle.


Sunset 4:33 pm   (1 hour, 29 minutes earlier than the previous full moon including the 1- hour time change)

Moonrise 4:53 pm   (1 hour, 31 minutes earlier than the last month full moon)

Exact minute of full moon 3:30 am Central Standard Time


The year in daylight on full moon days:

November 12th   9 hours, 40 minutes, 1 hour, 26 minute daylight loss

December 11th   8 hours, 52 minutes, 28 minute daylight loss

January 10, 2020   9 hours, 1 minute, 9 minute daylight gain

February 9th  10 hours, 9 minute daylight gain

March 9th   11 hours, 33 minute, 1 hour, 24 minute daylight gain

April 7th   13 hours, 7 minute, 53 minute daylight gain

May 7th   14 hours, 31 minute daylight gain

June 5th  15 hours, 27 minute; 56 minute daylight gain

July 4th   15 hours, 30 minute; 4 minute daylight gain

August 3rd   14 hours, 34 minute; 56 minute daylight loss

September 2nd   13 hours, 11 minute; 49 minute daylight loss

October 1st   11 hours, 41 minute;  1 hour, 30  minute daylight loss

October 31st  10 hours, 11 minutes; 1 hour, 30 minute daylight loss

November 30th  9 minutes, 4 minutes; 53 minute daylight loss


DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.

Gather at the cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.


All welcome. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If it’s really cold or wet it’s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.

This gathering is free and open to the public.

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