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February 2nd

Ground Hog Day
Ground Hog Day

Ground Hog Day
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What is a Groundhog?

Internet Field Trips




What is a Groundhog?


According to the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary © 1975 a ground hog is a woodchuck.  The same dictionary says that a woodchuck is a grizzled thickset marmot (Marmota monax) of the northeastern U.S. and Canada which is also called a groundhog.  (Folk etymology fr. Ojibwa otchig fisher, marten, or Cree otecheck).

This fun, special day is based on American folk lore.  If the groundhog leaves his home where he has been hibernating and does not see his shadow, he will remain above ground.  However, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he'll return to hibernation and there will be six more weeks of cold weather.  This American folk lore is based on an old Scottish couplet:   "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year."

hmmmmm ..... I wonder if this special day resulted from cabin fever?   


The Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary © 1975 defines cabin fever as "extreme irritability and restlessness resulting from boredom of living in a remote region alone or with only a few companions:  also:  the same emotions resulting from living in a small enclosed space."




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Groundhog Internet Field Trips

Punxsutawney Phil

This site will "virtually" tell you more than you ever wanted to know about Punxsutawney Phil, the "official" groundhog for Groundhog's Day

Groundhog's Day

This link includes a "shadow" report

Groundhog Day Celebration Page
This site includes a little bit of everything including info on the movie

Wiarton's Willie Home Page
Curious about how our Canadian friends celebrate this curious special day?



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Locate northeastern USA, Canada, and Scotland on a map and/or globe

Discover Canada
Take a cyber visit to Alberta and British Columbia in Canada

Government of Canada
Learn about the government of Canada (offered in English and French)

New Glasgow, Canada
Yup, there's one in Canada, too

Take a cybervisit to Scotland.  Visit cities, islands, castles and more!

Gateway to Scotland
Tons of information here from type of government they have, history, lore and more

Scotland On Line
Learn about their history, clans, tartans, "great" Scots and more

National Museums of Scotland



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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
This site is absolutely crammed full of information on the weather from the US government

The Weather Channel

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