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Groundhog Day 2009

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on February 3, 2009

jeromeTechnically according to study groundhog’s other names are revealed to be “Woodchuck” (Marmota monax) and “whistle pig”. It is classified to belong to the rodent race of animals which are related to squirrels.

While this rodent’s wood chucking abilities shall remain a mystery to all who are not fluent in the Groundhog Day language of Groundhogese, many a gardener is all too aware of the groundhog’s ability to damage a garden.

It behooves anyone considering gardening in groundhog territory to learn at least the sign language of groundhogs, if not Groundhogese itself. For, fortunately, gardeners don’t have to communicate directly with groundhogs. It is enough for the gardener simply to be able to recognize groundhog sign language.

Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.

In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.

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