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The full Black Bear Moon will rise at 5:20 PM on what will hopefully be a clear Sunday afternoon in February. From Killin's parking lot, you can get a pretty tasty view with a telephoto about an hour after dark when the sunset often dresses Mt. Hood in a pink negligee for the evening. Ooo, la, la!
First, we'll walk about half a mile down paved NW Cedar Canyon Road to the west slough to photograph waterfowl and nutria (and maybe an elk or otter). The water level is high again now that the beavers have repaired their dam. There's always thousands of Canada geese cackling up a storm at this time of year and a resident pair of bald eagles are building a nest close by.
Then we'll return to the parking lot and watch for the moonrise at 62° azimuth. It gets dark and cold out there fast, folks, so dress snuggly and bring a backup light source other than your phone, especially for when we walk along the quiet country road in the deepening gloom.
Bring $2 cash (The Venmo app is for voluntary donations to the fundraising program, not individual event fees), water, headlamp/light source, binoculars, field guides/apps, and all your photography gear. We'll be moving very slowly to check out birds and take pictures, so dress for standing, not hiking. Killin has a sizeable paved parking lot (look for my silver truck at the north end), and a restroom on site. Adults only, please, and no pets, thanks.
Local weather: https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/or/banks/KORBANKS16
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THIS HIKE WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEXT FULL MOON.