Unless you’ve been on a deserted island for the past 3 months, you’ve probably heard that next Monday, August 21st parts of the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse. Although Eureka Springs is not in the path of totality, we will experience a “deep partial” eclipse of 92%. This beautiful spectacle is so rare that the last time a total eclipse happened was in 1979! This spectacular and unique experience will last in our little part of the world from 11:43 am CST until 2:41 pm CST, with the peak viewing time at 1:13 pm.
What will lions and tigers and bears do during the eclipse next Monday? Visitors to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will be able to observe how the animals react to this strange phenomenon.
Many people have reported that during solar eclipses animals act differently. Nocturnal (night) animals wake up, diurnal (day) animals go to sleep, and crepuscular (twilight) animals become active. Tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats, and cougars are nocturnal and crepuscular, which should prove to be an interesting event to observe for our visitors.
We invite you to avoid the crowds and visit our little town for the eclipse. The Tall Pines has plenty of vacancies!
(Remember, the eclipse must be viewed through protective “glasses.”)