Photo by: Justin KelefasFull Moon over Deerfield Beach Pier by Justin Kelefas

March’s Full Moon

Worm MoonBack before there were calendars, the Native Americans would give the full moons nicknames to help them track the season. They did not record time by using month but instead by looking at the phases of the moon. For some tribes, they simply split the year into four seasons marking one season as the beginning of a new year. Other tribes defined a year as 12 moons.

Although the moon names differed from tribe to tribe, the Colonial Americans adopted some of the Native American full moon names and later applied then to their own calendar.

This month, March, was known as the Full Worm Moon. It was called this because during this time each year, the earth began to soften and earthworms began to appear, showing the soil was more fertile and signally the return of birds to the region who ate the earthworms for food. Some tribes also called it the Sap Moon as it marked the time when maple sap began to again flow from the trees. While other tribes nicknamed it the Crow Moon (because the cawing of crows signals the end of winter),  the Crust moon (because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night), or the Lenten Moon (because it happens right around the Christian season of lent). This is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long.

How to Enjoy a Worm Moon

There are many ways you can check out the March skies. Our favorite is on the water. Join our veteran SUP tour guides as we travel the waterways by moonlight from Deerfield’s newest launch area. Watch the sun set as we paddle around Capone Island (aka Deerfield Island). Enjoy South Florida’s perfect spring weather as we watch the moon glisten on the water.

Our full moon paddle is an adventure that you do not want to miss. Here is a small glimpse of what you can expect:


See Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and even Saturn

Worm Moon Boca Raton FAU Florida Atlantic University IWS Island Water Sports

FAU Observatory

You can view many planets this month at the Florida Atlantic University  Observatory on Tuesday, March 21st. The observatory is open to the public starting at 8pm. There is no charge for these Public Viewing sessions.

Location: The Observatory is located on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton Campus in the Science Building, #43, 4th floor, Room SE-434.

Moon Phases for March 2017

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

    First Quarter: March 5, 6:32 A.M.

Full Moon: March 12, 10:54 A.M.

Last Quarter: March 20, 11:58 A.M.

New Moon: March 27, 10:57 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see Full Moon Dates chart.

The Worm Moon – According to the Farmer’s Almanac