A cardinal feeds in my garden.

Nature Calendar for 2015

A cardinal feeds in my garden.
A cardinal feeds in my garden.

Hello, Fellow Naturalists

I used to publish a newsletter each season but decided to try something a bit different this year. There will be one nature calendar for the whole year and qurterly seasonal article roundups, nature journal prompts seasonal events lists and more, will be separate posts.

Nature Holidays, Moons, Special Events for 2015

December 22 – Winter Solstice – Winter begins by the solar calendar (Summer solstice/Summer begins in southern hemisphere)

Nature in Winter

January 4 – Full Wolf or Old Moon – the Moon is 15 days old

January 20 – New Moon – the Moon is 0 days old

February 2 – Imbolc – Groundhog Day – Candlemas spring begins by agricultural calendar [link to page about solstices and equinoxes]

February 3 – Full Snow or Hunger Moon – the Moon is 15 days old

February 18 – New Moon

March 1 – Set up bird houses and put out nesting materials [link to blog post]

March 3 – Full Worm or Sugar Moon – the Moon is 15 days old

March 20 – New Moon – the Moon is 0 days old

March 20 – Spring Equinox – Spring begins by the solar calendar (Autumn Equinox/Autumn begins in southern hemisphere)

Nature in Spring

April 4 – Full Pink or Egg Moon – the Moon is 15 days old (the pink phlox flowers bloom)

April 18 – New Moon – the Moon is 0 days old

April 22 – Earth Day

April 24 – Arbor Day

May 1 – Beltane – May Day – Summer begins by agricultural calendar

May 3 – Full Flower Moon – the Moon is 15 days old

May 18 – New Moon – the Moon is 0 days old

June 2 – Full Strawberry Moon – the Moon is 15 days old

June 16 – New Moon- the Moon is 0 days old

June 5 – World Environment Day

June 21 – National Aboriginal Day (Canada)

June 21 – Summer Solstice – Summer begins by the solar calendar (Winter Solstice/winter begins in southern hemisphere)

June 24 – Midsummer Day – the Midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting

Nature in Summer

July 1 – Full Buck Moon – the Moon is 0 days old

July 15 – New Moon – the Moon is 0 days old

July 16 – Nunavut Day (Canada)

July 31 – Full Thunder Moon

July 3 to August 11 – Dog Days of Summer begin [link to blog post]

August 1 – Lammas Day – Green Corn – the Autumn or Fall begins by the agricultural calendar — Harvest begins [link to page about solstices and equinoxes]

August 14 – New Moon – the moon is 0 days old

August 29 – Full Green Corn or Sturgeon Moon – the moon is 15 days old

September 13 – New Moon – the moon is 0 days old

September 23 – Autumn Equinox (Fall begins) – Autumn begins by solar calendar (Spring Equinox/Spring begins in southern hemisphere)

September 27 – Full Harvest or Corn Moon – the moon is 15 days old

September Harvest Home – the conclusion of the harvest

Nature in Fall 

September 25 – Native America’s Day

October 12 – New Moon – the moon is 0 days old

October 27 – Full Hunter’s or Dying Grass Moon – the moon is 15 days old

November 1 – Samhain – All Hollow’s Eve – Winter begins by the agricultural calendar [link to page about solstices and equinoxes]

November 11 – New Moon – the moon is 0 days old

November 25 – Full Frost or Beaver Moon – the moon is 15 days old

November 26 – Thanksgiving Day (United States)

November 27 – Native American Heritage Day

December 11 – New Moon – the moon is 0 days old

December 25 – Full Cold or Long Nights Moon – the moon is 15 days old

December 21 – Winter Solstice – Winter begins by the solar calendar (Summer Solstice/Summer begins in southern hemisphere)

Nature in Winter

December 26 – Kwanzaa Begins

Please note:

I use the moon names on the Old Farmer’s Almanac Calendar. The names work for my because the moon names of the Algonquin people who live in this area. Explanation of the Moon names on Old Farmer’s Almanac website.

Explanation of Agricultural harvest names (i.e. Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, Samhain, etc.)

Phases of the Moon

The best fishing days are between the new and full moons.

In the southern hemisphere of the Earth the solstices and equinoxes are flipped.

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