Groundhog

Marmota monax

Home of General Beauregard Lee

Trail Tidbits

 In Georgia, Groundhogs live in the northern region of the state.

 Groundhogs are the lagest member of the squirrel family.

 Groundhogs are herbivores- they eat plants, berries, and love to raid vegetable gardens.

 They are true hibernaters in the winter. During this time, they will take one breath every six minutes. Their hearts will beat around four times each minute.

 They are clean animals and dig burrows and tunnels with separate chambers for eating, sleeping, and using the bathroom.

 Other names include woodchuck, whistlepig, and marmot.

 Woodchuck comes from the Native American word "wuchak" which means "digger".

 How fast can you say: "How many chucks can a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

 General Beauregard Lee is Georgia's Official Weather Prognosticator and moved to Dauset Trails in January, 2018, from Yellow River Game Ranch near Stone Mountain, GA.

 If he sees his shadow on February 2, there will be more cold winter weather to come. If he does not see his shadow, the weather will be milder approaching Spring.

 Dauset Trails Nature Center continues the Groundhog Day ceremony each year on February 2. Find out for yourself what Beau will predict!

 February 2 is the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

 Europeans long ago would look at the sun on this day to predict the weather until Spring. They looked at small animals like the badger and hedgehog to see if they would come out and see their shadows. German immigrants brought this tradition over to America in the early 1800's.

 In America, the groundhog was more common and used for weather predicting instead.

 The first official Groundhog Day started in 1887 in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, featuring Punxsutawney Phil.


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