August 15, 2017
In less than a week, part of the United States of America will experience a total solar eclipse. This beautiful spectacle is so rare that the last time a total eclipse happened was in 1979! Although Turpentine Creek is not in the path of totality, we will experience a “deep partial” eclipse of 92%. 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.
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. Our visitors and team will get to experience the beautiful view throughout the midday and observe how the animals react to this strange phenomenon.
The solar eclipse might be a beautiful sight to witness, but it isn’t just the lack of light that some people enjoy observing during eclipses. 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 everyone to stop out and enjoy the partial solar eclipse with us. We have ordered a limited number of Solar glasses, which will be available and can be purchased at the gift shop the day of the eclipse.
We still have some rooms available for August 20th and 21st so book your stay and enjoy a truly unique day at the refuge! It will be another 7 years before anyone else can experience an eclipse day at Turpentine Creek. The next total eclipses to come to our area will not be until April 8, 2024 (98.81%) and August 12, 2045 (99.91%).
WARNING: DO NOT LOOK AT THE ECLIPSE WITHOUT APPROVED PROTECTIVE EYE WARE! LOOKING AT THE SUN WITHOUT THE CORRECT PROTECTION CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR EYE.