Groundhogs Around The World: Raleigh’s Sir Walter Wally

Since 1998, the groundhog known as Sir Walter Wally has been forecasting the weather at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina. Every Groundhog Day there is a Shadow Ceremony on the Museum’s front steps with the mayor of Raleigh presiding as the “Groundhog Whisperer.” At the ceremony facts about groundhogs…

Groundhog Day Haiku #1

There’s a real dearth of groundhog/Groundhog Day haiku out there, so we’re going to change that. Here’s our first Groundhog Day related Haiku:  marmota monax groundhog, woodchuck, whistlepig all just names for friend If you have any groundhog or Groundhog Day haiku you’d like to share, please do so!

Groundhogs Around The World: Milwaukee County Zoo’s Gordy

There are lots of groundhogs and Groundhog Day ceremonies around the world. One of these groundhogs is Gordy, a brand new groundhog at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gordy will be making his prediction for the first time at 10:30 AM on February 2nd, 2019. If it’s sunny and Gordy sees his shadow,…

Why are groundhogs called woodchucks?

Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks. So much so that MANY of the weather predicting groundhogs around the country are named Chuck. Staten Island Chuck, Buckeye Chuck, Chattanooga Chuck, just to name a few. But did you know that the name doesn’t have anything to do with wood or chucking it? It’s true. Supposedly the…

“Philatelic” Phantastic Phil

This is the Phantastic Phil named “Philatelic” in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, this Phantastic Phil was sponsored by the employees of the Punxsutawney Post Office and named after the the collection and study of postage stamps which is called “philately.”