Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day

So today is groundhog day ! Did you see a picture of Punxsutawney Phil on the news? What an interesting creature ! According to he is the same one who has been telling this tale for the last 120 years ! He drinks an "elixir of life" and that gives him longevity. 

groundhog philHe isn't the most handsome creature I've ever seen ! But who would be, at that age ?

Here is Colorado we have a much cuter creature, the Black Tailed Prairie Dog. These guys are amusing to watch, often standing on their hind legs to look around, or racing between burrows to visit each other. On a sunny day there will be lots of happy little rodents going about their business. For those of us who have worked in cubicles, it is called 'prairie dogging' when everyone pops up to have a conversation.

They can cause problems though. One issue is that they can be carriers of bubonic plague. Another is that their burrows damage vegetation. Our land is in native grasses, which if damaged by burrows, will increase erosion and clear soil for weeds to take hold on. 

So what was the prediction today?  

------------>     Phil says "Six More Weeks of Winter!"

1 comment:

Doris Sturm said...

I think Phil is cute, so chubby and furry... I remember those prairie dogs. When I visited Colorado, watching them was one of my fun times. They're very entertaining.

Nice photos.