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January evening skies are extremely bright. Quarantids meteor shower occurs usually during the first week of January. (The meteors are typically faint, but at itís peak there are as many as 100 meteors per hour!)
The Winter Triangle, an equilateral triangle formed in the sky by bright stars from three separate constellations: Sirius (Canis Major), Betelgeuse (Orion), and Procyon (Canis Minor).
An annual four-day event where bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. Help the birds http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html
The Spring Equinox around March 20th means that night and day are equal lengths. Due south is the constellation Leo, which looks like a crouching lion with some imagination. Look to the southwest to see Orion.
Hunt for treasures along the beaches. The entire month of March, especially at high tide or just after a storm, all sorts of interesting things wash ashore. On the first full weekend in March, there is an annual Beachcomber Fun Fair at the Ocean Shores Community Center. http://beachcombersfunfair.com/
The Roosevelt Elk festival is designed for all ages and abilities. Nature enthusiasts and photographers will enjoy hikes and interpretive tours with elk watching opportunities. The museum will host tours and lectures from various speakers on big game habitat, conservation management, history, and education. Plenty to do, including door prizes, raffles, vendor booths, and more!
Lyrids meteor shower is at its peak around April 21. You may not see many meteors, but the ones you do may be fast and bright, and leave trails in the sky.
Fishing season is determined by the Quinault Indian Nation. Contact Tribal Headquarters at (360) 276-8211 for details. During fishing season, a Tribal Fishing Permit and boat decal are required. These may be purchased from the Amanda Park Mercantile (360) 288-2564.
Celebrating Earth Day with a trip to the rainforest? Be sure to stop in Olympia and check out the annual Procession of the Species parade. Folks travel for miles to participate and to honor the animal kingdom. in a unique way. Always the weekend preceding Earth Day.
This festival includes field trips to Lake Quinault and the Rain Forest to view local birds. The finest temperate rainforest is at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. The natural history of the old growth forest, especially plant life, will be emphasized on short hikes with views of majestic trees, forest birds, and breeding habitat for owls and murrelets. Trails are easy to moderate walking; wear appropriate footwear. http://www.shorebirdfestival.com/
As the summer solstice approaches, this constellation can bee seen directly overhead. Look for Vega, Deneb, and Cygnus, three bright stars forming an equilateral triangle in the sky.
Lake Quinault Fishing Derby Sponsored by the Quinault Lionís Club and the Quinault Indian Nation. The Lions Club serves a BBQ lunch at the Derby Headquarters in the parking lot of the Rain Forest Salmon House Restaurant. Placement prizes and random drawings will be awarded.
Sponsored by Lake Quinault Lodge and Harbor Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic to benefit the Quinault Cancer Fund. The 30-mile non-competitive bike ride travels both paved and non-paved roadways. Cyclists of all ages and skill levels will enjoy pedaling the Quinault Lake Loop road for a great cause.
The Quinault Hatchery at Cook Creek volunteers will assist children as they fish for 1/2 pound Ė 1 pound rainbow trout. Children without fishing poles will be provided one. A casting clinic and fish painting will also be available.
Celebrate Chief Taholah Days - An annual commemoration of the 1855 Treaty during the first week of July. Parade, baseball, canoe races, salmon bake, fireworks, and more.
Usually midmonth, one of the brightest meteor showers of the year.
There will be sailors from novice to world-class ability. Bring a camera, your Hobie Cat, and have a blast! This race is governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing the Prescriptions of the National Authority, IHCA Class Rules and the Sailing Instructions (SIS). This event represents Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.
Cepheus is due north with Cassiopeia (a big W) just to the right. Look to the South to see the Great Square of Pegasus. The Summer Triangle has moved to the southwest. As the Autumnal equinox approaches, the Summer Triangle appears lower in the northwestern sky.
Look for the Draconids to appear in the northern sky around October 7 or 8th near the Draco (Dragon) constellation. The Draconids are usually hard to predict and to see, but during a first quarter moon, it may make it worth one's while to check out! After the 21st, look for the Orionids, another meteor shower caused by dust from Halleyís Comet. The Orionids are best viewed after midnight around the 21st of October.
The Quinault Rain Forest contains more species of mushrooms than any other place in the world. This festival will enlighten, educate, and entertain anyone who wants to learn about mushrooms in the wild. Call Roger Blaine at (360) 288-2900 for details.
Daylight Saving time ends and the nights grow longer. Two meteor showers occur this month: the first week of November brings the Taurids followed by the Leonids around the 17th.
All of the constellations named after characters in the story of Perseus and Andromeda are visible in November. Perseus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Cetus the sea monster. The stars of winter are beginning to rise again.
Contact Lake Quinault Visitorís Center 360-288-0571 for details.
In mid-December, the Geminids meteor shower appears in the southeast. The Geminids are the second best meteor shower of the year with as many as 100 meteors per hour. Meteors can be seen for many days on either side of the peak around December 13th.
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