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Up in Alaska, there are no native groundhogs. Alaskans can’t join in the festivities like those in other parts of the lower 48 watching the groundhog ‘predict’ how much winter is left for us to endure. Unless you count watching it all broadcast from Pennsylvania, that is.
While Sarah Palin was still sitting in the governor’s seat, she signed legislature naming February 2nd as Marmot Day in Alaska. It might have been signed in 2009, but this is the first year to ‘celebrate.’
In the Anchorage Daily News this morning was a nice little Ode to Marmot Day. You, too, can read this little ditty on the web (click here!) With sunrise still on the later side, I am all for sleeping in late in the morning.
Now, I do think it a little funny all the press you can find by doing a search on Marmot Day.
Did you realize that groundhogs ARE marmots?
And, that Marmot Day is NOT a new thing, but has been going on in Owosso, Michigan since 2002? There’s a website just for Owosso’s celebration! There’s some cute photos of Mr. Marmot visiting DC on that site as well as some background for how Marmot Day got started there.
The LA Times has an article published today with a little education of it’s own. There’s even a little dig at Sarah Palin…well, I guess that depends how you want to read the headline
In my mind, there’s almost no point in celebrating anything seeking an end date to winter up here. From talking to long time residents, I’ve come to expect snow to be sitting around until break up happens in April or May. If last year is any indication, it will take longer to banish all the snow and ice at our house since the hillside location does not get enough good sun to help melt it all. I think it was mid-May by the time most of the snow cover was gone here.
All that being said, I do have the cute Ode to Marmot Day to read with the boys. And we can always talk about how Marmot is just a bigger group that includes the famed groundhog. Or, maybe we’ll just take a long winter’s nap…..